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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)

Tyler Mosher

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.

Michelle Salt

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 Lockey

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 Leslie

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/

John Leslie of Arnprior, Ont., took another giant step in his career this past weekend as he won bronze medals in both men’s snowboard cross races at a Para-snowboard World Cup competition.  They were his first career medals on the circuit.

The below knee amputee, who is also developing an impressive set of freestyle skills on the board, moved to Whistler recently to train and his dedication continues to pay dividends.

‘’It’s nice to see the hard work and training pay off,’’ said Leslie, 21. ‘’I’m super proud of myself to have made these accomplishments for the first time in my career.’’

Leslie’s coach Candice Drouin said the results augur well for the future.

‘’John showed he can be consistent,’’ said Drouin.  ‘’I’m proud of our entire team.  All the pre-season training has been effective and we are looking forward to racing some more.’’

On Saturday, Michael Shea led the U.S., to a 1-2 finish clocking 1:21.10 with the fastest times on all three runs.  The two best times are combined for the final result.  Evan Strong was second at 1:24.18 and Leslie followed in 1:27.01.  Ian Lockey of Trail, B.C., was fifth and Tyler Mosher of Whistler, B.C., sixth.

On Sunday, Strong turned the tables on his teammate winning in 1:22.40 with Shea second in 1:22.49.  Leslie posted a 1:25.79.   Mosher was 12th and Lockey decided to sit out the race to heal a sore ankle.

Leslie has worn a prosthetic leg since being treated for cancer at age 10, but that never slowed him down to be an active part of the Arnprior community.   He is a recipient of Ontario Community Newspapers Association junior citizen of the year award.

Just last month, Arnprior gave Leslie a huge Ottawa Valley send-off as he headed out west for his final set of training and competitions before the Sochi Games.  Leslie took the opportunity to visit schools including Arnprior District High School, where he graduated and which also organized the send-off.

Leslie’s long-term goal has always to peak for the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea, but if this weekend’s results are indication, Leslie may be on the fast track to the podium in Sochi.