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Yves Bourque

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Family
Four children, including daughter Genevieve
Residence
Bécancour, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1986, and took up Para Nordic skiing in 2008.
Why this sport?
"When I was young, the only sport for people in wheelchairs was basketball, but I didn't try. I was more interested in individual sports. Cross-country skiing was always my sport. "
Club / Team
CMB Energy Club: Canada
Name of coach
Robin McKeever [national], CAN

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup

General interest

Hero / Idol
Canadian Para Nordic skier Brian McKeever. (paralympic.ca, 11 Feb 2014)
Injuries
He injured his shoulder at the 2013 World Cup event in Canmore, AB, Canada. (cbc.ca, 03 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have dreams like you, handicapped or not. There is no age, no limit. Have dreams and goals." (handicaps.ca, 05 Oct 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pages.videotron.com/flyfish/YvesBourque, 01 Oct 2017)
Impairment
He was born without both legs. (mauricie.mag2000.ca, 10 Dec 2011)
Other information
CLASSIFICATION SWITCH
In early 2016 his impairment classification was switched from LW12 to LW11. He had previously been competing against skiers that had a greater use of their abdominal muscles than him. "The percentage system that existed before disadvantaged me, since I do not have lower limbs. This is no longer the case now and I moved several positions in the international ranking. (lenouvelliste.ca, 02 Mar 2017; ici.radio-canada.ca, 17 Feb 2016; cccski.com, 2014; 18 Feb 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 20
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 24
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 24
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting Race 1 2015-01-25 13
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-28 20
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-31 16
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 25
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 29
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 31
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 16
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 19
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 17