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Brittany Hudak

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Residence
Canmore, AB, CAN
Occupation
Social Worker
Languages
English
Higher education
Social Work Studies - University of Regina: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried cross-country skiing at age 12. She began taking the sport more seriously at age 18 with Sturgeon River Nordic Ski Club in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
She got involved in cross-country skiing at school, and began pursuing the sport after meeting Canadian Para Nordic skier Colette Bourgonje. "She helped me along the way when I was getting started because I didn't know who to contact. We would go ski together and try and learn something, and she would point me in the right direction. She told me about all the opportunities that were out there in Para sport and the opportunity to travel."
Name of coach
Robin McKeever [national], CAN

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Canada

General interest

Nicknames
Britt (ca.sports.yahoo.com, 13 Dec 2021)
Hobbies
Spending time in nature. (Instagram profile, 22 Nov 2020)
Most influential person in career
Canadian Para Nordic skier Colette Bourgonje. (panow.ca, 24 Dec 2013)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para athlete Terry Fox. (2017canadagames.ca, 01 Mar 2015)
Injuries
She sustained anterior compartment syndrome during the 2016/17 season and underwent surgery. (biathlon23.wordpress.com, 10 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm." (2017canadagames.ca, 01 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was named Female Athlete of the Year in Prince Albert, SK, Canada. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2020)

In 2013 she received the Terry Fox Award from the city of Prince Albert in Saskatchewan, Canada. (citypa.ca, 25 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (cbc.ca, 27 Oct 2020)
Impairment
She was born without the lower part of her left arm. (paherald.sk.ca, 24 Dec 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She is a support worker at a residential group home for teenagers in Calgary, AB, Canada. "I knew social work was not going to be easy. You see a lot in a day, and you hear a lot in a day. It's about meeting the individual where they're at and understanding their situation. I really love learning about people's struggles and trying to help them triumph over those adversities. Growing up missing part of my arm, I always knew I was in a minority group. I know certain groups in society are oppressed and have things go against them. My background with a disability I think really helps me in social work." (saobserver.net, 06 Dec 2021; cbc.ca, 27 Oct 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as a mentor for Classroom Champions, a Canadian charity that connects school students with athletes. (Twitter profile, 20 Jul 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 10
Women's 1 km Sprint Standing Semifinal 2014-03-12 12
Women's 5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 12
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 5
Women's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 6
Women's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 7
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-31 4
Mixed Relay Final 2015-02-01 4
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 8
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2017-02-14 5
Women's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 5
Women's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 10
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 10
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6km Standing Final 2018-03-10 8
Women's 10km Standing Final 2018-03-13 5
Women's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 6
Women's 12.5km Standing Final 2018-03-16 3
Women's 7.5km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 8
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 4
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2019-02-17 7
Women's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 6
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 4
Women's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2019-02-24 6