Andrea Bundon is a two-sport star who excels in rowing and cross-country skiing. In 2009, she jumped at an opportunity to be a nordic ski guide for Courtney Knight, who has a visual impairment. At the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Knight and Bundon reached the semifinals and placed eighth in the classic sprint race.
At the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Bundon guided Margarita Gorbounova. They started racing together in the 2012-13 season. That year they raced a couple of NorAms in Canada, the Canadian Nationals and a cross country and biathlon IPC World Cup in Wisconsin.
Bundon is also an outstanding academic with a Bachelor of Applied Science in biomechanics from the University of Calgary, a Masters of Art in sport sociology from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the School of Kinesiology from UBC. Her PhD was a project researching the use of blogging and social media within the Paralympic Movement.
In January 2014, Bundon moved to England to start a one year postdoctoral fellowship (research position) at the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University. Her research in the UK is a look at the sport experiences of youth with disabilities in the wake of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
As a rower, her highlights included an eighth place finish at the 2010 World University Championships and two silver medals at the 2010 national university championships. She still rows competitively at select meets.
2010 and 2014 Paralympian… competed at four Canada Games – two in rowing and two in cross country skiing.
FAMILY: Her parents are Masters athletes in rowing and have competed at the world championships…
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: cross country skied as training for rowing…
ODDS AND ENDS: credits coaches Tony Chin at Nordic Racers in Vancouver and her rowing coach Craig Pond for her success… British Columbia representative on CCC's Para-nordic Development Committee… volunteer organizer and coach for the Nordic Racers Ski Club's (Vancouver) para-nordic program.