Two Vancouver Island skiers have been named to Canada’s Paralympic team for the upcoming Winter Games in PyeongChang starting March 9.
25-year-old Braydon Luscombe will make his second Paralympic appearance after competing in Sochi four years ago.
Luscombe was born in Victoria and now lives in Duncan.
Luscombe’s earned his first podium finish on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup series in 2016 and won the Canadian Giant Slalom championship in 2013.
17-year-old Mel Pemble will be in her first Paralympic Winter Games.
In the 2016-17 season, Pemble captured a fourth-place finish in giant slalom, seventh and ninth-place finishes in super-G and a ninth-place slalom result.
Pemble lives in Victoria and was born in Great Britain.
The pair is part of a contingent of 55 athletes, the largest team Canada has sent to a Paralympic Games.
Pemble is one of 25 athletes competing in the games for the first time.
Canada is represented in all five events: Para alpine, Para ice hockey, Para nordic (cross-country and biathlon), Para snowboard, and wheelchair curling.
Canadian athletes came home with 16 medals, seven of which gold, in 2014.