Josh Dueck shows his Silver medal from Vancouver 2010 with Freestyler Liam Bush as other Snowsports Academy students look on.

Josh Dueck shows his Silver medal from Vancouver 2010 with Freestyler Liam Bush as other Snowsports Academy students look on.

Paralympian inspires youth

Josh Dueck met recently with students of the Vernon School District’s Snowsports Academy

A group of Vernon students have met a world-class athlete.

Josh Dueck, a Paralympic skier, met recently with students of the Vernon School District’s Snowsports Academy.

“What followed was an incredible presentation that went far beyond anything I have ever witnessed in my 20-plus years in the education profession,” said Rod Peters, Snowsport Academy co-ordinator.

“I had heard that Josh was a good speaker and I knew that he had won Paralympic medals in both the Vancouver and Sochi games, but I had no idea that he was going to move the room like he did.”

For many, the presentation was inspirational.

“We had an amazing presentation from Josh Dueck. It was truly enlightening and emotional,” said John Armstrong, Vernon Ski Club director.

Following the presentation, Dueck signed autographs, posed for photos with the students and passed around his three Paralympic medals.

“He commented on how proud he was to be a Vernon local and that this community has done so much for him,” sad Peters.

 

“Yes, Josh has an amazing story,  but his personality and passion to share valuable life lessons with the students made this a very special day for all who had the opportunity to take it in.”