To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, a number of events have been lined-up for Thursday (12 March).
While the iconic Cauldron will be relit, the BC Pavilion Corporation and the Convention Centre will be holding a public ceremony at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver.
The Paralympic Winter Games were held in Vancouver and Whistler from 12 to 21 March 2010. Unique Vancouver 2010 Paralympic and Olympic logos and branding have been reactivated for the first time in years to help promote the festival and gala.
“We are so excited to celebrate the legacy of Vancouver 2010, but even more importantly recognise the future of sport in Canada,” said Marc-André Fabien, Canadian Paralympic Committee President, on their official website.
The 2010 Winter Paralympics saw hosts Canada scale unprecedented heights setting a new winter record of 19 medals, including 10 golds. In Pyeongchang, however, Canada's Paralympians achieved an even more impressive 28 podium finishes.
Star performer of Vancouver 2010
Lauren Woolstencroft stole the show at home at her third and final Games in 2010, competing in five events, all standing - downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G and super combined.
She ended up with a dream five gold medals, to match a Canadian record for a single Olympic or Paralympic Games. Woolstencroft was named the closing flag-bearer of the Games. Canadian cross-country skier Brian McKeever also won three golds at the Whistler Paralympic Park in sprint, 10k and 20k freestyle.
He was also the first Canadian to be named to both the Olympic and Paralympic teams at Vancouver and was set to compete in the Olympic 50-kilometre cross-country race. However, coaching decision saw the vision impaired skier being replaced by another member and was denied of accomplishing this historic feat.
The only setback for the hosts came in Para ice hockey where they were firm favourites to defend their title. Canada fell in the semi-finals to a very strong Japanese squad. In the finals, team USA took the gold medal, leaving Japan with silver.
Bentele matches Woolstencroft
Canada took the gold medal in wheelchair curling, while South Korea won silver and Sweden bronze. German cross-country skier and biathlete Verena Bentele also matched Woolstencroft with five gold medals.
German alpine skier Gerd Schoenfelder and Russian cross-country skier Irek Zaripov each won four gold medals and one silver medal in their respective events.
Germany finished atop the medal standings with 13 golds and 24 medals overall. Russia came in second, while hosts Canada had an impressive third-place showing.