March 20, 2010
Bourgonje honoured for
excellence in sport
Paralympic alpine skier Colette Bourgonje is being
recognized with an award for exceptional determination at the
2010 Paralympic Winter Games closing ceremony.
Bourgonje, who won two medals at the Games, will
receive the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award honouring elite athletes
with a disability who demonstrate exceptional determination overcoming
adversity through sport and the Paralympic Games.
Bourgonje won the silver medal in the women's cross-country
10 km event, sitting category, and a bronze medal in the 5km event
"Colette is competing in her ninth Paralympic
Winter Games and continues to embody the Paralympic Movement in
Canada," said Blair McIntosh, chef de mission, Team Canada.
"In addition to her success in para-nordic
skiing, Colette is a wonderful ambassador for the Canadian Paralympic
Committee and a role model for future Paralympians."
Bourgonje, a 48-year-old teacher from Saskatchewan, is active
in both the Winter and Summer Paralympics.
Before a car accident left Bourgonje with a spinal
cord injury from the waist down, she competed in the sport at
a national level.
Also receiving the award will be Endo Takayuki of Japan.