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Canadian Para skier Natalie Wilkie nominated for international award

"This nomination for Para Athlete of the Year means a lot to me, and I would so appreciate it if you could spare a few moments to vote for me."

CANMORE – The big year continues for Canadian Para Nordic skier Natalie Wilkie.

Winner of four medals at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games, Wilkie has been nominated for the American Para Athlete of the Year Award by the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC), representing athletes in North and South America.

Fans can vote for athletes until Friday (Nov. 25) by writing the athlete's name on APC's Facebook and Instagram posts. The top three with the most comments advance to the finals.

"It is such an honour to be recognized internationally for my athletic achievements, and I still can't believe that I was chosen out of hundreds of deserving athletes," said Wilkie. "As a Canmore resident, I am very proud to be representing this amazing community."

Along with Wilkie, nominees include Amanda Cerna of Chile, Anastasia Pagonis of USA, Bruna Alexandre of Brazil, Pilar Jauregui of Peru, Brenda Osnaya of Mexico, Stefanía Ferrando of Argentina, and Carolina Munevar of Colombia.
 
"This nomination for Para Athlete of the Year means a lot to me, and I would so appreciate it if you could spare a few moments to vote for me," said Wilkie.

On and off frozen trails, 2022 has been a milestone year for the 21-year-old from Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Wilkie made her commercial debut, starring in a Petro-Canada spot with former coach Robin McKeever. In April, the baseball fan threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays home opener. And along with teammate Mark Arendz, she won the most medals for Canada in Beijing with four.

Wilkie's medals included gold in the women's 15-kilometre standing cross-country race and the standing sprint, silver in the standing middle distance, and bronze in the 4x2.5km mixed relay.


Jordan Small

About the Author: Jordan Small

Jordan Small joined the Outlook in 2014 and covers the vast world of sports in the Bow Valley. A Barrie, Ont. native, he also wrote for RMO's Mountain Guide section and the MD of Bighorn beat.
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