Fredericton man bringing home Paralympic gold
September 10, 2012
Fredericton’s Dave Durepos is bringing home a gold medal from the Paralympics.
Durepos is a member of the national men’s wheelchair basketball team, which took the top spot on the podium on Saturday night.
It was tight game against Australia, the team that beat the Canadians for gold in 2008 in Beijing.
“It just worked out in our favour but I mean, hats off to them, they didn’t let up easy,” Durepos said.
It was Durepos’s fifth Paralympics and his third gold. It will also be his last games, as Durepos has decided to retire.
“What a way to go out. With that gold medal around neck, it’s just emotional. And then when your national anthem plays and your flags being raised. There’s not too many people in the world that have experienced that,” he said.
Durepos said he plans to coach wheelchair basketball.
He and his wife Sabrina, also a former paralympian, will lead the New Brunswick wheelchair basketball team to the 2015 Canada Games.
“It’s funny because when we talked about coaching he said, ‘Well, I’d rather you be the head coach because you can kinda control everything, and I want more of the teaching aspects,’” Sabrina Durepos said.
Durepos said he also wants to spend more time with his family, starting when he gets home Monday night.
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