Ch­er­nove and Travers Re­ceive Par­a­lympic Awards

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Para­cy­clist Tris­ten Ch­er­nove was one of the big win­ners at the 2017 Cana­dian Par­a­lympic Hall of Fame and Sport Awards cer­e­mony held in Ot­tawa, Ont. this past April. Ch­er­nove re­ceived the award for Best Games De­but. He spear­headed a record nine-medal per­for­mance for Canada’s Para-cy­cling Team in Rio, Brazil. He took gold in the time trial and road race, sil­ver in the In­di­vid­ual Pur­suit and bronze in the 1,000-me­tre time trial.

“I switched from able-bod­ied pad­dle sport to Para sport, and through­out my whole ca­reer, I’ve never been as in love with sport as I am now. I just feel re­ally lucky. I won’t say that my life hasn’t had some dif­fi­cul­ties, but there’s al­ways been this huge amal­gam of rea­sons for grat­i­tude, so there’s no room for pain or suf­fer­ing,” said Ch­er­nove.

Mean­while, Sébastien Travers re­ceived the Tim Frick Par­a­lympic Coach Ex­cel­lence Award. Travers is the Na­tional Para-cy­cling Team head coach who di­rected cy­clists to the im­pres­sive nine-medal tally in Rio, mak­ing cy­cling the most suc­cess­ful Par­a­lympic sport for Canada at that Games.

“For the next four years, my goal is to make sure that my ath­letes, even if they are high-per­form­ing ath­letes, have fun,” said Travers.

Tris­ten Ch­er­nove re­ceived the award for Best Games De­but in light of his three medals at Rio 2016.

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