Canadian Paralympic hero on National Georgraphic short list for adventurer of the year

Saturday, 01 December 2012
By Duncan Mackay

Josh Dueck Vancouver 2010 March 13December 1 - Paralympic silver medallist Josh Dueck has been shortlisted for National Geographic's adventurer of the year, alongside Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner.

Dueck, who won his silver medal in the men's slalom sit-ski event at Vancouver 2010, suffered a spinal cord injury during a back flip in 2004, leaving him a paraplegic.

But this year did he the same back flip that had put him in a wheelchair.

"I definitely see life as so much more than a physical body and I don't see my physical limitations," said the 31-year-old from British Columbia.

His story led to a documentary and an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, capturing the attention of National Geographic.

Dueck admitted he was amazed to be included alongside Baumgartner, who in October completed a 36,576 metres parachute jump from the edge of space.

Felix BaumgartnerAustrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is alongside Josh Dueck on the short list for the National Geographic award

"It blew me away," Dueck told CBC News.

"National Geographic is such a big deal.

"My dad was such a big fan of National Geographic.

"I was as excited to share the news with him."

The winner is due to be announced in February. 

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