Mosher elected to CPC board 

Sports briefs: Gagnon hits top 10 at world juniors

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Paralympian Tyler Mosher is keeping busy in retirement.

After four years of serving as the chair of the Canadian Paralympic Team Athlete Council and External Relations Committee, Mosher announced on April 14 that he has been elected to the Canadian Paralympic Committee board. In his former role, to which he was appointed, Mosher was a voting member of the board on which he now sits. He will serve a four-year term on the board.

"My biggest goal is to help promote the Paralympic movement within Canada. As a board member, there aren't a lot of individual goals so much as there is performing a fiduciary duty at that level," he said. "We spent the last four years reaffirming our governance structure and within that structure, I would say, as a whole, we look forward to enhancing an athlete-centred Paralympic committee that delivers the best Team Canada at Games time."

In addition to helping raise interest in adaptive sport, Mosher also hopes to use his role to further boost funding for athletes to increase their ability to train for coming Games in 2018 and 2020.

"It's maximizing our ability to not only raise awareness, but ideally, in the next four years, raise funds to help Paralympians and Paralympic sport within Canada above and beyond what's available through the federal government," he said.

Mosher, who was left 40-per-cent paralyzed below the waist after a snowboarding accident in 2000, was the para-snowboard world champion in 2009. He competed in the 2010 Paralympics in para-Nordic skiing and in the 2014 Games in para-snowboard, ultimately taking 12th in snowboard-cross.

The Nova Scotia native was also a founding board member of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.

Gagnon hits top 10 at world juniors

Local moguls athlete Sofiane Gagnon capped a solid season at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy earlier this month.

The newly minted 18-year-old, the dual moguls national champion, took sixth in that discipline in Italy. She was also 10th in the moguls event.

Berkley Brown took the best Canadian finish of the week, earning a fourth-place in dual moguls.

"The course was very firm, so I knew that going into duals I had to be really aggressive and strong... I was a little disappointed that I missed the podium, but happy that I made improvements from single moguls," Brown told the Freestyle Canada website.


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