Pedal powerhouse brings home gold

  • Jul. 26, 2003 5:00 a.m.

Seventeen-year-old Karen Prudhomme of Sandspit has won a gold medal at the BC Disability Games, held earlier this month in Kelowna.
Karen came in first place in the 15 kilometre tandem cycling race for blind athletes, doing the course in just over 25 minutes. She pedalled the bike along with Dennis Baran of Sandspit, a sighted teacher. Karen also won a silver medal in the 10 kilometre race.
Teacher assistant Maureen Benoit said Karen has been training hard over the past year to get ready for the games, and hopes to compete again next year. She uses a special tandem bike on loan from the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association.
“She met all kinds of blind athletes and had a wonderful time,” Ms Benoit said.
The team was able to travel to the games thanks to assistance from the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association, the BC Disability Games and the Gwaii Trust.