Simon Patmore wins gold and urges more Paralympians to make switch

Simon Patmore wins gold and urges more Paralympians to make switch

He was cheered on by Bunbury shark attack survivor Sean Pollard, who missed out on the snowboard cross quarter-finals by 0.13 seconds.

Patmore's victory has been a long time coming for Australia, his gold for Australia since Michael Milton and Bart Bunting won at Salt Lake City in 2002.

Lee Ju-seung (R) of South Korea tries to win the puck against Joshua Misiewicz of the United States during the men's ice hockey Group B game at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on March 13, 2018.

"Right now in PyeongChang dreams are coming true for 670 athletes in the 2018 paralympic athletes", Beare said "We have 55 athletes on Team Canada and 43 per cent of them have connections to British Columbia".

Patmore claimed bronze in the 200m T46 sprint final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Canada's skiers have already captured four medals in PyeongChang (Mac Marcoux and guide Jack Leitch, Kurt Oatway, Mollie Jepsen, and Alana Ramsay) and will be going for more hardware on Tuesday.

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Jess Gallagher was the first and last Australian to win medals at both a Winter and Summer Paralympics.

"I've been doing sports for eight years now and I've had the highs and lows", an emotional Patmore said.

On a disappointing note for the Australian team, flag bearer Joany Badenhorst had to withdraw from competition after injuring her left knee cap during training on Saturday. Thomas Clarion of France won the bronze medal with a time of 47 minutes, 24.4 seconds. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native already captured gold in the downhill race but looks to rebound after failing to finish the super-G competition.

Sales for the March 9-18 Paralympics surpassed the 316,200 tickets sold in the Sochi edition by Monday.

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