Canadian riders collect five medals at Big White para-snowboard World Cup

February 16, 2016

Michelle Salt - bronze

Michelle Salt led the Canadian medal charge at the Big White, B.C. para-snowboard World Cup this past weekend with two bronze and a silver while Alex Massie of Barrie, Ont., and Andrew Genge of Toronto each posted third-place finishes.

Salt, a member of Canada’s Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games team, earned her silver in the first of two snowboard-cross World Cup races and added a bronze in the second race in women’s competition and another bronze in the banked slalom event for lower limb disability.

Genge won his first World Cup medal placing third in the first upper limb disability snowboard-cross while Massie, the X Games silver medallist, took third in the banked slalom race for lower limb disability.

Alex Massie

It was also a good week for Curtis Minard of Vernon, B.C., who won two gold medals in the Nor-Am races which were held in conjunction with the World Cup event at Big White. Minard won gold in both the upper limb impairment snowboard cross race and the banked slalom race.

Other Canadian medallists in the Nor-Ams were Genge with silver in the banked slalom and bronze in the snowboard cross; Nathan Coyle of Surrey, B.C., with gold in the lower limb banked slalom and bronze in the snowboard cross and Gerrit Van Bruggen of Edmonton with silver in the lower limb banked slalom.

Salt also added a Nor-Am silver in the women’s snowboard cross.

The next stop on the 2016 IPC Snowboard World Cup circuit is March 5-6 in La Molina, Spain.

Coming up in parasport is the wheelchair curling world championships February 21-28 in Lucerne, Switzerland and a World Cup on the para-nordic skiing circuit in Finsterau, Germany which starts next Monday.

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