|Two Manitoban athletes will be part of Canada’s quest for Paralympic gold in PyeongChang.
On Friday, Canada officially announced its wheelchair curling roster for the 2018 Paralympic Games. Defending Paralympic gold medallist and Sandford native Dennis Thiessen will be joined at his second Paralympic Games by fellow Manitoban Jamie Anseeuw of Oak Bluff. “I’m really excited to be going to my second Paralympics. I feel even more excited than I did for Sochi,” says Dennis, who mentions having overcome health issues since the Games in 2014.
Jamie, on the other hand, will be experiencing his first ever Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. “I live for high-level competition. To be able to combine that thrill with representing my country while doing it is truly an honour.”
The two Manitobans have been competing together for several years, and have claimed several provincial and national titles together (including the 2017 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships). Dennis, Jamie and their teammates will look to help Canada claim its fourth consecutive Paralympic gold medal in wheelchair curling in March. For the time being, they’ll continue to stay sharp at training camps and competitions in the new year as well as at every-day training sessions.
“While in Winnipeg, Dennis and I do most of our preparation and training with each other. This includes 2-4 on-ice sessions, and 2 visits to the gym to work with Kyle Turcotte each week,” notes Anseeuw.
The Paralympic Games will run from March 8 to 18th in PyeongChang, South Korea.