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WILKIE Natalie
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age17
Place of BirthSalmon Arm, CAN
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Salmon Arm, BC, CAN
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at an early age in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. She took up Para cross-country skiing in 2016.
Why this sport?
Her family lived only five minutes from the Larch Hills ski area in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. She was introduced to Para cross-country skiing at a camp in Canmore, AB, Canada.
Club / Team
Larch Hills Nordic Society: Salmon Arm, BC, CAN
Name of coach
Abbi May [club], CAN
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Canmore, AB, CAN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 7.5km classic style at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (games.paralympic.ca, 27 Jun 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Canadian Paralympic Sport Award for Best Paralympic Debut by a Female Athlete. She was presented with the honour by the Canadian Paralympic Committee [CPC]. (paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in able-bodied cross-country skiing at national level in Canada. (globalnews.ca, 12 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
Her sister Isabelle competed in cross-country skiing at the 2018 British Columbia Winter Games in Canada. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Impairment
In June 2016 she lost four fingers on her left hand in an accident during woodwork class at school in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada. "I was planing a piece of wood. The wood kicked back so my hand went into the machine, and I was stuck for an hour." (globalnews.ca, 12 Dec 2017; calgary.ctvnews.ca, 01 Dec 2017; saobserver.net, 27 Jun 2017)
Other information
YOUNGEST
At age 17 she was the youngest member of Team Canada at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (games.paralympic.ca, 27 Jun 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 15km Freestyle - Standing 54:23.4
3 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 5:14.3
1 2018 7.5km Classic Style - Standing 24:24.0
2 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:21.9