IPC Asian Cup on the Paralympic Venue in Pyeongchang, Korea
January 29th, 2016
BC Para-Nordic Team athlete Emily Weekes of North Vancouver picked up her first IPC medal and demonstrated that she is on the path to being a key part of the Canadian Para-Nordic National Team as they move towards 2018. Emily finished 3rd today just 10 seconds behind Russian star Natalia Bratiuk who was in second place.
Head coach Robin McKeever said, "Seeing Emily progress to this point after only a year of skiing is really a great sign of thing to come".
Emily on the course
January 28th, 2016
Canada’s 24-year-old newcomer to the IPC World Cup circuit, Emily Weekes, got her cross-country skiing career off to a solid start with a fourth-place finish in the women’s classic sprint race.
“I was very happy with the outcome and it nice to see that all the hard classic skiing work during the pre-season is paying off against top competitors,” said Weeks. “Overall it was a great start to the international season.”
Weekes, of North Vancouver, was late to the cross-country skiing party. Her first career sporting goal was wrestling until a training accident in 2009 left her with nerve damage to her right arm. Following a brief stint in triathlon, Weekes found her passion on the skinny skis, and is now focused on achieving her Paralympic dream at the 2018 Games.
“My goal for wrestling was to compete at the Olympics in 2018. And so now to have a second chance, even though it’s not able-bodied and it’s not wrestling,” she said during a pre-season training camp. “It’s a lot of catch up, but it’s really exciting.”