Local curlers among international finalists

North Okanagan teammates are among the finalists for the 2015 International Paralympic Sport Awards

  • Oct. 4, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Two North Okanagan teammates are among the finalists for the 2015 International Paralympic Sport Awards.

The winners will be announced in Mexico City Nov. 14, recognizing achievements from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Vernon’s Sonja Gaudet, Spallumcheen’s Ina Forrest and their Canadian wheelchair curling teammates Jim Armstrong, Dennis Thiessen and Mark Ideson, are finalists for the Best Team award.

The wheelchair curlers won their third straight Paralympic gold in Sochi with an 8-3 win over hosts Russia. The team set a record in Sochi for the most points in a game and the largest margin of victory when they defeated Slovakia 16-0.

The Canadian squad will be up against the U.S. sledge hockey team, which won the first-ever back-to-back Paralympic gold in the sport in Sochi, beating Russia 1-0 in the final, and Sweden’s nordic relay team.

The relay squad usually features teams of four skiers, but Sweden fielded only two, and the duo won the silver medal – doing the work of four skiers – behind a Russian quartet.

Two other Canadian athletes are finalists in the four award categories: Best Team, Best Male, Best Female and Best Games Debut.

Brain McKeever (Canada) won three cross-country skiing gold medals in Sochi, becoming the first Canadian Paralympian to win 10 Paralympic gold medals in his career. He is a finalist in the Best Male division.

 

Mac Marcoux, 16, is a finalist in Best Games Debut after winning gold in giant slalom and bronze in the downhill and super giant slalom.