As the final curtain fell on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, it also indicated that it’s the time for the Paralympians to be ready to rock and roll.
In less than five days (March 7th), athletes from 45 nations will be gathering in Sochi, 300 miles from Crimea, across the Black Sea to compete in 72 events in six different sports in the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.
Being the first British Columbian on the Canada’s National Sledge Team, James Gemmell made his debut in 2008 at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge and helped capturing the gold medal. James was off the team for the next two years; but he gave no excuses to himself and put it in the utmost direct and simple way possible, “I just wasn’t working hard enough and they have great players”
After two years of training, James was finally back on the team in 2010 and continued to play Defence for the National Team since then.
Though James (@BigGemms25) is currently in Sochi with the 2014 Paralympic Roster, preparing for their big games, he was interviewed by Emily Sloan from Shaw TV before his departure. Here’s the footage of James on his career in sledge hockey:
Congratulation James! Best of luck for your big games. We will be watching and supporting you and Team Canada 5944 miles away!
It’s an honor to be representing our great country at the #IPC #paralympicwintergames in #Sochi W/ #hockeycanada pic.twitter.com/lwuMejrClw
— James Gemmell (@BigGemms25) March 3, 2014