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Paralympic sports - 28. February 2008.


Canada finishes second in IPC Nation’s Cup standings behind only Austria

HACKUBA, JPN (February 26th, 2008) – The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team (CPAST) completed the 2007/08 IPC World Cup season by achieving a best-ever Nation’s Cup ranking, finishing second as the season drew to a close today with the cancellation of slalom races in Hackuba, JPN.

Canada finished the season with 6914 points to place second among the 19 nations competing on the IPC World Cup circuit. The previous best season for the CPAST team was a fourth place finish, which they most recently tied last season.

The Austrians finished first with 9444 points while Germany placed third with 4135 points.

The 2007/2008 CPAST team, which was the largest team in its history with 17 ski racers, had a total of 11 athletes compete in World Cup races this season compared to Austria who had 21 ski racers.

The Canadian team was also the only team with athletes racing in every category in both the Men’s and Ladies division.

“It is this diversity that moved us up into second in the Nation’s Cup standings and will have us continuing to be a powerhouse well into the future,” said blind skier Chris Williamson (Markham, ON) who along with his guide Nick Brush (Panorama, BC) won the overall globe as well as the slalom, super G and super combined discipline titles in the Men’s visually impaired category.

Head coach Jean-Sebastien Labrie accepted an award on behalf of the Canadian team for the second place finish at a ceremony today in Hackuba.

“Everyone is quite proud about this and I felt privileged to represent the team when I received the award. This indicates that our program is clearly on track to become the world leader in para-alpine ski racing by 2010,”

Canada finished the season with three overall Globe champions (Williamson, Lauren Woolstencroft (North Vancouver, BC / Calgary, AB) and Kimberly Joines (Edmonton, AB) and nine champions of individual disciplines.

Despite the efforts of volunteers and coaches to prepare the track for today’s slalom, the race was eventually cancelled due to too poor conditions caused by too much snow.

The team now returns to Canada as the TELUS Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Championships will be held from March 10th to the 13th in Sun Peaks, BC.

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