Brenda Macdonald Lona

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B3

Further personal information

Residence
Granville Ferry, NS, CAN
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began alpine skiing in 2010.
Why this sport?
Her parents took her to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and then signed her up for alpine ski lessons. She quickly fell in love with the sport. "It's freeing. I know I won't be able to drive a car, so I can experience the speed of going down a course and I can have more fun."
Club / Team
Nova Scotia Para Alpine Ski Team: Canada

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking, travelling. (Instagram profile, 24 Nov 2021)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para Nordic skier Brian McKeever, US author and activist Helen Keller. (amplifyeast.com, 06 Jun 2018; cg2015.gems.pro, 01 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015/16 Female Alpine Skier of the Year at the Sport Nova Scotia Sports Awards in Nova Scotia, Canada. (brendaparaalpine.com, 2016)
Other sports
She has played goalball at junior national level in Canada. (annapoliscountyspectator.ca, 19 Apr 2016)
Impairment
She has neurofibromatosis, resulting in small tumours that have left her blind in her left eye and with limited vision in her right eye. (cbc.ca, 04 Feb 2015; brendaparaalpine.com, 01 Apr 2015)
Other information
HERITAGE
Her mother was born in Mexico and her father is from Canada. (brendaparaalpine.com, 2016)