A Paralympic downhill skier from Kimberley is being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
Josh Dueck was paralyzed from the waist down after a skiing accident at the age of 23.
Since then the Kimberley native has won multiple Paralympic and world championship medals.
The Kimberley native claimed a gold and silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and earned a silver on home soil at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Dueck compares being inducted to earning a Masters Degree in sport.
“I dedicated roughly 25 years to playing around in the mountains and finding different ways to get down them and I had myself a great time doing it.” says Dueck. “I didn’t really have a lot of expectation while I was in the ring playing but the sport career turned out well and to have the tip of the cap from the BC Sports Hall of Fame feels pretty great.”
Dueck says sport has the ability to elevate your human spirit beyond your physical capabilities.
“I’ve never been the strongest, I’ve never been the fastest but sport has shown me a capacity within myself that I might not have realized without.” explains Dueck.
Dueck was named an inductee into the hall last December.
The BC Hall of Fame induction takes place May 31st in Vancouver.
– Josh Dueck, Paralympic downhill skier
(Photo courtesy of joshdueck.com)