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Paralympic medalist returns home to warm reception

250318_gp_collin1 Collin Cameron shows of his medals in a picture with Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. ( Patil)


The atmosphere at Alley Katz in Lively was in stark contrast to the chilly Saturday afternoon. As community members waited to take a picture with local athlete Collin Cameron and hear about his experiences in South Korea. Cameron weighed three times heavier than when he had left Sudbury, as he carried the three bronze medals he had claimed at the Paralympics earlier this month in PyeongChang, South Korea. “I didn’t know after the race that I was so close to a podium spot,” Cameron said, “It was only my first race, I was doing it as a warm-up race. It was crazy, I didn’t believe it.” Cameron has shown his impressive skills time and again from winning gold at the Para-Nordic World Cup to the three bronze medals for Team Canada. “I was going into this thinking this was a regular race, get a good night’s rest, I have done this before, and I was surprised as to how not nervous I was,” Cameron said. Cameron confident demeanour indeed showed in the first 7.5-km biathlon, bagging his first bronze. He then followed suit at the 15-km biathlon, and the 4×2.5-km cross country ski open relay event bagging two more bronze for Team Canada. Despite recovering from the flu, Cameron was all smiles at the meet and greet in Lively, snapping pictures, exchanging handshakes and of course showing off the medals he had worked so hard for. “Its been amazing coming back, the reception has been great,” Cameron said, “It is almost surprising that so many people were watching considering para-sport is not very well known.” Cameron is expected to be back in action for the world cup in Canada sometime early next year. “I am going to keep training for the event next year and hopefully win some medals there,” Cameron said. As for the Olympics, Cameron agrees it is a long time from now, however, promises to continue competing as long as he enjoys the sport. “I do this because I love skiing, getting a podium spot and medals is nice but if I didn’t enjoy the sport it would all be in vain,” Cameron said.

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