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Sudburian golden at para-nordic World Cup in South Korea

Collin Cameron perfects his sit-skiing prowess on local trails
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Sudburian Collin Cameron rose to the top of the sprint cross-country skiing podium March 13 at the Para Nordic skiing World Cup in PyeongChang, South Korea. Photo from Paralympic.org.

Sudburian Collin Cameron rose to the top of the sprint cross-country skiing podium March 13 at the Para Nordic skiing World Cup in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Cameron was the fastest in the men’s sitting category for his maiden win, which comes in only his second season on the international circuit.

The 28-year-old was followed by US teammates Daniel Cnossen and Andrew Soule in second and third, respectively.

Cameron was born with arthrogryposis, a disease that causes a shortness of the legs and under-development of muscles and tendons in the legs. He was raised in Bracebridge, but moved to Sudbury more than four years ago.

In a 2016 interview with Sudbury.com freelance sports writer Randy Pascal, Cameron said he was originally involved in sledge hockey, but became interested in para-nordic skiing after joining the Sudbury Accessible Sports Facebook page.

His Facebook news feed was “flooded” with information about the sport by local coach Patti Kitler, and he decided it looked like fun.

“It was all Patti, I have to give her credit here,” Cameron said in 2016. “She recognized something the first time I came out. You're basically doing the same thing (as in sledge hockey), just with more technique and longer poling.”

Cameron got a shout-out from the new recreational facility Kivi Park after his recent win on the World Cup circuit.

“The Canadian sit-skier trains on the ski trails at Kivi Park and through the Sudbury region, and he is the best in the world!” the post said. “Congratulations Colin!”
 



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