Guest Speaker 2015
Vernon Lodge Ballrooms
Saturday, February 28, 2015,
Doors Open 5:45
Dinner 6:00 pm
Guest Speaker – Josh Dueck
In 2004, Josh was in a life-changing freestyle skiing accident that left him as a T11 full paraplegic.
From his hospital bed with the long months of recovery ahead, it was the initial encouragement from his now-mentor Rick Hansen that helped Josh re-dedicate his life to freedom, adventure and helping those that could learn from his example.
By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alpine World Champion; he won a silver medal in Vancouver 2010 and an X Games gold medal in 2011.
Then, came the backflip.
After a year of planning and progression, Josh, his close friends and a film crew, lead by legendary industry director Mike Douglas, ventured into the Whistler backcountry to build a jump that would help safely land the first backflip on a sit- ski.
On a perfect bluebird day in February 2012, Josh hit the jump, soared upside down and landed in the soft-snow below.
It also landed Josh on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
In Sochi 2014, Josh’s story continued to inspire. On the 10th anniversary of his accident, he won a Paralympic silver medal for Canada. Days later, he won gold in the Super Combined to become Paralympic Champion and Canada’s Flag Bearer.
Like the backflip, his story has come full circle.