Chernove and Travers Receive Paralympic Awards
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.