New life challenges for Lauren Woolstencroft
The Paralympic Queen of Whistler is still charging full speed ahead in her personal and professional life.
Lauren Woolstencroft, Canada’s five-time gold medallist in Para alpine skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, is not one to rest on her laurels.
She has built a successful career as an electrical engineer and nowadays is enjoying her new life as a business woman and mother with her husband Derek in Banff, Alta.
After her retirement from the Para-alpine ski team in 2010, Woolstencroft worked as an electrical engineer in Vancouver for several years with B.C. Hydro. Then she moved to Banff to work with her family’s business and opened the Whitebark Cafe.
In November 2016, she and her husband welcomed their first child Maxwell Davis Uddenberg.
‘’I love being a mom,’’ said Woolstencroft, inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Hall of Fame in 2015. ‘’It’s my greatest role yet. Max is a great baby and we have so much fun together… he just started walking.’’
This March she will join the CBC broadcast team for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics March 9-18.
‘’I’m excited to be working on the Games television coverage,’’ she said. ‘’I’ll be reporting from the mix-zone along side Josh Dueck (a 2014 Paralympic alpine champion). I hope to bring an athlete’s perspective to share all of the excitement and intensity from the finish lines.’’
CBC’s English-language coverage of PyeongChang 2018 will include daily television broadcasts throughout the 10-day event, including live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as multiple live competition streams each day.
Radio-Canada’s French-language coverage will also include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as live-streaming competition coverage and television broadcasts each weekend.
Over three Paralympic Games, Woolstencroft won eight gold, one silver, and one bronze medal and her achievement in 2010 was a first for a Canadian Paralympian. She was subsequently named Canada's flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony. She received the 2011 Laureus World Sport Award recipient as World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
Born missing her left arm below the elbow as well as both legs below the knees, she began skiing at the age of four and began competitive skiing at the age of 14.
‘’Training and competing year round with teammates definitely makes friendships for life,’’ she said. ‘’It’s been great to keep those friendships - really helps with the transition out of sport.’’