Yves Bourque

Yves Bourque

 

In 2011, at age 46, Yves Bourque made it a personal goal to compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Through hard work and perseverance, Bourque cracked the line-up for the Sochi Games. Bourque was born without legs and started cross country skiing in 1986.

In 2013, he met the selection criteria for the Sochi Paralympic Games with strong performances at a World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin.

Bourque had a difficult start to the 2013-14 season at the World Cup in Canmore, where he suffered a shoulder injury and broke his pole in a race. He’s not worried, though, as Bourque says he always starts seasons slowly.

Bourque received an award from the Regional Training and Events Mauricie, an organization that encourages athletes who have distinguished themselves in individual sports. He is an ambassador for para-nordic for the city of Bécancour and regions of Quebec where he promotes give-it-a-go days to introduce cross-country skiing to people with all abilities.

He works full time at InterVal Rehabilitation Centre in Trois-Rivières, providing technical aid to wheelchair users. Bourque also builds his own racing-sleds.

He believes in the benefits of sport and wants to help others discover their passion for sport just as he did.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014 Paralympic team… Bronze medal at 2011 Canada Games… 2013 Nationals(Whistler, BC); 1 Gold Sprint, 2 Silver 7.5 km & 10km, 1 Bronze 5km.

PERSONAL

FAMILY: Married with four children.

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: He began skiing in 1986 and discovered para-nordic skiing in 2008.

ODDS AND ENDS: Very inspired by teammate Brian McKeever and his bid to compete at the Paralympics and Olympics.

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 15km Sitting - Mens 20
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 10km Sitting - Mens 24
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 1km Sprint Sitting - Men 24