Josh Dueck
Age - 36
British Columbia
SCI - T11
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I grew up in in Kimberley, BC Canada. It was in this rural mountain town where my love and appreciation for the great outdoors was born. I learned how to ski at the age of 13, and I joined the local freestyle club when I was 15. It became clear to me that sliding around on snow and flying through the air was how I wanted to live my life. Being a skier gave me an outlet to express my creativity.

I spent several years pursuing my dream to be an Olympian. That goal was forced into retirement due to financial constraints; I then redirected my energy into coaching. It was while I was coaching that I sustained a spinal cord injury, leaving me paralyzed from the waist down. Life as I knew it no longer existed.

It’s hard to digest the gravity of such profound change; even to this day. Experiencing such a powerful personal transformation opened me to some beautiful realizations about life, love and how deeply connected we are on so many levels. I am eternally grateful for the people in my life that teach, encourage and inspire me to life a life of purpose and service. Life is a gift and it’s meant to be shared.

  The inspirational story of Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team star Josh Dueck is featured in the latest installment of the #MySkiStory video series. Dueck, a former freestyle skiing coach, talks about being paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a bad fall - and the conversation he had with a doctor that fuelled his desire to return to the mountain on a sit-ski. Dueck, a powerful motivational speaker and advocate for social change who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2012, talks about his passion for skiing and the importance of following your dreams. He also tells the story of his quest to become the first person to perform a back-flip on a sit-ski.