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Collin Cameron

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power, Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW11.5

Further personal information

Residence
Canmore, AB, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para Nordic skiing in November 2015 at an identification camp in Canmore, AB, Canada. He began competing in January 2016.
Why this sport?
"I did not even know Para Nordic [skiing] was a thing, to be honest. At that time I was just starting to play sledge hockey provincially for our local team here in Sudbury, just for fun. I was sending a message to the Sudbury Accessible Sports page on Facebook. They had a picture of a [Para ice hockey] team from Ohio, but not our team. I ended up 'liking' the page, and my news feed was getting flooded with information regarding Para Nordic skiing from [coach] Patti Kitler. I kept seeing all these pictures of sit-skis, and I thought that it looked like a lot of fun. It just seemed like such a natural fit, going from ice sledge hockey to something like that."
Name of coach
Patti Kitler [personal], CAN
Training Regime
He trains at Kivi Park near Sudbury, ON, Canada.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Canada

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada. (paralympic.org, 17 Feb 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"As soon as I get on the start line, I just get in the zone. I cross a little line in the snow with my ski pole, and that's it." (ami.ca, 17 Mar 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Elite Athlete of the Year in Sudbury, ON, Canada. (laurentiannordic.com, 20 Jun 2017)
Other sports
He represented Canada in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He has played Para ice hockey for the Sudbury Northern Sliders in Ontario, Canada. (sirc.ca, 12 Dec 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Dec 2021; sudburysports.com, 09 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (northernontario.ctvnews.ca, 16 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He was born with arthrogryposis, which involves joint contractures. (sudburysports.com, 09 Feb 2016)
Other information
ICE HOCKEY ROOTS
He played Para ice hockey before he became involved in Para Nordic skiing. He says Para ice hockey gave him skills he was able to transfer to skiing. "My love of sport started by being a hockey fan as a kid. Growing up my grandfather and whole family were huge into hockey, so you see a lot of that transition from sledge hockey [to Para Nordic skiing] in Canada, because a lot of people know of sledge hockey. I knew of sledge hockey before I knew of any other kind of winter Para sport just because I was a hockey fan growing up. But I think there is a huge skillset in sledge hockey that you can put into any other kind of Para sport. Especially if you're just using your arms or upper body." (ami.ca, 17 Mar 2021)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as a safety compliance and driver trainer for an employment agency in Lively, ON, Canada. (Facebook profile, 06 Dec 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-11 5
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 4
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2017-02-16 7
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2017-02-18 12
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 3
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 5
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 4
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 3
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 3
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-16 2
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 1
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2019-02-20 9999
Mixed Relay Final 2019-02-23 2
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 9999