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Yves Bourque

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Four children including daughter Genevieve
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."
Name of coach
Francois Trudeau [personal]

International debut

Competing for
World Cup

General interest

Hero / Idol
Canadian Para Nordic skier Brian McKeever. (, 11 Feb 2014)
He injured his shoulder at the 2013 World Cup event in Canmore, AB, Canada. (, 03 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have dreams like you, handicapped or not. There is no age, no limit. Have dreams and goals." (, 05 Oct 2011)
Other sports
He has been a member of the Canadian national Para canoe team. (, 27 Jun 2018)
To compete at the 2022 and 2026 Paralympic Winter Games, and at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris in Para canoe. (, 07 Nov 2021)
He was born without both legs. (, 10 Dec 2011)
Other information
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 [after the classification change]." (, 02 Mar 2017;, 17 Feb 2016;, 2014, 18 Feb 2016)


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