Josh Dueck prepares for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games
Feb. 26, 2010 - Vernon, BC - World champion para-alpine skier Josh Dueck, who at 23 was paralyzed from the waist down after overshooting a jump is making an impact on the world stage and is a medal hopeful at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics.
“It takes a community to raise an athlete and I am especially thankful for the communities in my life and their generous support. The Olympic and Paralympic athletes have had a real opportunity to live their dreams. And my dream is to be the best sit skier in the world for Canada.” said Josh Dueck, Canadian Para Alpine Ski team member, four-time Canadian Champion and 2009 World Champion. “Having access to support is essential to success for every athlete.”
Family, friends and the entire communities are getting behind Josh to cheer him on. Please visit his website to support him on his quest!
Some of Josh’s coverage recently leading up to the Olympics & Paralympics includes:
• CTV – Road to Vancouver – Difference Makers ( airing Feb 28th or online at ~ ctvolympics.ca
• Bravo TV – ‘Sit on It’ - airing Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. PT
• WorkSafeBC paid Josh one of the highest honours by dedicating a plaque with Josh’s story and picture on their newly unveiled workers memorial outside the spectacular Vancouver Convention Center.
• Alpine Canada nominated Josh as the Male Alpine Skier of the Year in Canada and the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
• RBC introduced a limited edition VISA gift card and chose Josh to be one of the athletes on the card.
Josh has a clear vision and he is having an impact — Josh carried the torch for the 2010 Olympic games. Garry Sowerby from the GM Fuel Cell project, provided transportation for Josh recently and made this observation.
“I spent this morning driving Paralympian Josh Dueck, a Vernon lad going for gold in the sit-ski competition at the Paralympics, to his rendezvous with the torch relay,” noted Sowerby. “Josh is a charming young man with a level-headed approach to living his life to the fullest while appreciating the graciousness of community and friends in helping him achieve his goals. His honest, straightforward approach to the misfortune of the skiing accident that changed his life forever humbled me.”
To Support Josh Dueck, visit http://www.joshdueck2010.com