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YOUNG Emily
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthNorth Vancouver, CAN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Chris
Other names
Emily Weekes
Residence
Kelowna, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - Douglas College: New Westminster, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para cross-country skiing in late 2014.
Why this sport?
"I competed internationally in triathlon and wrestling and skiing really isn't that different. Everything about competing is the same - the mental preparation, the focus, the execution. So it made it easier to move into a new sport because I've been involved in sport my whole life."
Club / Team
Telemark Nordic Club: Kelowna, BC, CAN
Name of coach
Robin McKeever [national], CAN
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to country music. (paralympic.org, 27 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream big, take risks, and never look back." (Facebook profile, 28 Sep 2017)
Other sports
Prior to her accident she competed in wrestling and triathlon at international level. She has also competed internationally in Para biathlon. (paralympic.org, 27 Jun 2017; nsnews.com, 24 Feb 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (globalnews.ca, 03 Dec 2015)
Impairment
She has nerve damage in her right arm as the result of a wrestling training accident in 2009. (globalnews.ca, 03 Dec 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 6km Sprint - Standing 20:08.6
7 2018 12.5km Individual - Standing 43:28.9
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 15km Freestyle - Standing 54:35.2
4 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 5:18.3
3 2018 7.5km Classic Style - Standing 24:42.1
2 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:21.9
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
12 2014/2015 6km Sprint - Standing 28:15.4
10 2014/2015 12.5km Individual - Standing 53:46.5
10 2016/2017 10km Middle - Standing 39:28.2
8 2016/2017 6km Sprint - Standing 21:11.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014/2015 15km - Standing 54:32.4
10 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing  
4 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 31:55.2
10 2014/2015 5km - Standing 19:12.4
6 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
3 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:53.4
4 2016/2017 15km - Standing 54:21.3
7 2016/2017 5km - Standing 21:30.5