Yves Bourque, nordic skiing

Yves Bourque, 48, was born without legs. He began cross-country skiing in 1986 and discovered para-nordic skiing in 2008. (Courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)

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 has cracked the line-up for the 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, Wisc.

Bourque had a difficult start to the 2013-14 season at the World Cup in Canmore, Alta., 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. His best event is the 10-kilometre and he would like to post a top-15 result in Sochi.

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, his hometown, 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, Que., 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.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee