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Additional para-alpine skier nominated for Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games

February 20, 2014

CALGARY, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ – Rising star Erin Latimer has been
nominated to the Canadian team that will compete at the Sochi 2014
Paralympic Games in March, Alpine Canada and the Canadian Paralympic
Committee announced Wednesday.

Latimer, of Toronto, Ont., joins the roster of 13 para-alpine skiers who
were nominated on Jan. 21, rounding out a strong Canadian contingent
that is a talented mix of Paralympic veterans and up-and-coming
athletes.

Latimer’s bio is available here [http://tinyurl.com/n289e6e]. The additional qualifying spot became available through the bipartite
process.

At 17, Latimer is one of the youngest skiers on the Canadian Para-Alpine
Team competing at her first Paralympic Games. An arm amputee, Latimer
grew up competing in able-bodied racing and was only introduced to
para-alpine in 2012, but has been a quick study; in 2012-13, her first
season competing at the World Cup level, Latimer earned six top-ten
finishes.

In Sochi, she will compete in super-G, giant slalom and slalom.

“It’s going to be an amazing experience to represent Canada in Sochi,”
Latimer said after learning of her nomination to the team. “When I was
given the Team Canada jacket I was anticipating what it is going to be
like walking through the opening ceremonies. A lot of people my age
don’t get an experience like this.”

“Erin is a bright young star who exemplifies the next generation of
Canadian Paralympic skiers,” added Team Canada Chef de Mission Ozzie
Sawicki. “Her natural talent makes her one to watch heading forward.”

As a rising star athlete, Latimer is hungry to gain valuable experience
on the world stage.

“My goal is to ski the best I can ski,” she said. “I can really push
myself to get the experience for the 2018 Games.”

Brianne Law, athletic director of the para-alpine program at Alpine
Canada, said Latimer is one to watch.

“In her first year on the World Cup circuit, Erin has really excelled to
earn this spot on the Paralympic roster,” said Law. “I am confident she
will make her country proud. The valuable experience she will gain in
Sochi will no doubt make her a threat at the 2018 Paralympic Games in
Pyeongchang.”

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7 to
16. Para-alpine racing in Sochi begins on March 8 with men’s and
women’s downhill. The team will also compete in super-G, super
combined, slalom and giant slalom.

With a goal of placing in the top three nations in the gold medal count,
Canada will send approximately 50 athletes to compete in sledge hockey,
wheelchair curling, para-Nordic skiing, biathlon, para-alpine skiing
and para-snowboard.

IN PICTURES: High-resolution photographs of Erin Latimer are available to download
for editorial use. Action: (https://alpinecanada.box.com/s/5wjwwv6706o61ltkm2tg) (credit JS Labrie/Alpine Canada.) Headshot: (https://alpinecanada.box.com/s/5qexgcg5oulqu5hio58c) (credit Alpine Canada).

PHOTOGRAPHY: Media are invited to visit photos.paralympic.ca and create an account to be able to download high-resolution photos of
Canadian Paralympic athletes at any time, at no cost.

WATCH: Less than 20 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the
Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) unveiled an unprecedented, fully
accessible broadcast and electronic media plans for the most
comprehensive coverage ever offered in Canada for a Paralympic Games -
more than 65 hours of broadcast, up to 350 hours of digital streaming,
and rights free news access highlights connecting Canadians via multi
platforms. CPC will lead the Paralympic Broadcast Consortium partners
in creating coverage on five broadcast/digital platforms:
CBC/Radio-Canada, Sportsnet, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), Yahoo Sports
Canada and SendtoNews.

NOMINATED PARA-ALPINE SKIERS:


    ATHLETE           BIRTH DATE       CATEGORY            HOMETOWN

    Caleb Brousseau   30/07/1988   Men's sitting        Terrace, B.C.

    Josh Dueck        13/01/1981   Men's sitting      Kimberley, B.C.

    Robin Fémy        19/10/1989 Guide, men's VI  Mont-Tremblant, Que.

    Matt Hallat       13/04/1984  Men's standing      Coquitlam, B.C.

    Kimberly Joines   27/01/1981 Ladies' sitting       Rossland, B.C.

    Erin Latimer      03/07/1996 Ladies' standing       Toronto, Ont.

    Braydon Luscombe  30/11/1992  Men's standing        Duncan, B.C.

    Billy Joe Marcoux 08/07/1994 Guide, men's VI  Sault Ste-Marie, Ont.

    Mac Marcoux       20/06/1997       Men's VI   Sault Ste-Marie, Ont.

    Kurt Oatway       23/02/1984   Men's sitting       Calgary, Alta.

    Alana Ramsay      22/12/1994 Ladies' standing      Calgary, Alta.

    Kirk Schornstein  19/03/1993  Men's standing   Spruce Grove, Alta.

    Alexandra Starker 30/06/1994 Ladies' standing      Calgary, Alta.

    Chris Williamson  05/05/1972       Men's VI         Toronto, Ont.

*VI denotes visually impaired

About Alpine Canada Alpin

Alpine Canada Alpin is the national governing body for alpine,
para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada. With the support of valued
corporate partners along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium
and the Canadian Olympic Committee, Alpine Canada develops Olympic,
Paralympic, world championship and World Cup medallists to stimulate
visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community. Please visit
us at www.alpinecanada.org

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization
with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the
Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to
be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the
development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to
enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By
supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and
promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all
Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs
delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)


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