Snowboard has Named Four Athletes to its 2014 Para National Team
MEET THE 2014 CANADIAN PARA SNOWBOARD TEAM :
Tyler Mosher (Whistler, BC)
Michelle Salt (Calgary, AB)
Ian Lockey (Trail, BC)
John Leslie (Armprior, ON)
The team will be lead by 2009 Para Snowboard World Champion Tyler Mosher, who made a previous appearance at the Paralympics as a Cross-Country skier before concentrating solely on snowboarding. “After you’ve had a spinal cord injury snowboarding it’s a dream come true to learn to walk again and then help develop the sport to the point where it is part the Paralympic games,” said Mosher, “It’s a blessing to still be young enough to compete but better still to compete at the level where you can come back with a gold medal. It is truly an honor and I feel very lucky to be able to represent my country.”
In his three years on the Para-Snowboard National Team. Tyler has made his mark on the adaptive snowsport world. From winning the first Adaptive Snowboard World Cup in 2008 to being a founding board member of the Whistler Adaptive Sport Program, Tyler has been a leader and a driving force in the para snowboard movement. When he is not snowboarding, Tyler is an active adaptive cross-country skier and an inspirational speaker. Tyler sustained an injury resulting in incomplete paraplegia.
New on the team is rookie Michelle Salt of Calgary, AB. Salt was involved in a nearly fatal motorcycle crash only two years ago; she underwent numerous surgeries including the amputation of her right leg. Her accident did not stop her from getting back on her board as soon as she could and two weeks after her accident she was on the phone with current National Team coach Candice Drouin to make it a reality.
She currently lives in Calgary, AB where she trains with Evolve Snowboard Club at COP and Lake Louise. When she’s not training, she enjoys other sports such as cycling, wakeboarding and kayaking. She also spends time speaking for STARS and Canadian Blood services as patient/recipient. She is relatively new to the para-snowboard world as she lost her leg above the right knee in June 2011.
Ian is entering his third year with the Canada~Snowboard Para Snowboarding team. Outside of the sport, he enjoys mountain biking, gardening and listening to punk rock music. Ian sustained an injury resulting in incomplete paraplegia.
John is currently living in Ottawa in his first year of university. John trains with the Ottawa Akademy Club and looking forward to competing on the World Cup circuit. Off the snow, John enjoys spending time with his friends and family as well as mountain biking and water sports. John has a below the knee amputation.
For full bios and information on the Para-Snowboard team visit: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/parasnowboard/