Paralympic skiers Chris Williamson and Matt Hallat announce retirements

Media release on behalf of Alpine Canada Alpin:

AFTER 17 YEARS WILLIAMSON, ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST DECORATED PARA-ALPINE ATHLETES ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

CALGARY, AB, April 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Chris Williamson, one of the world's most decorated para-alpine athletes, has announced his retirement from competitive ski racing, ending his 17-year career.

Williamson, of Toronto, ON announced his retirement at the Sport Chek Canadian Nationals Championships in Mont Ste. Anne Quebec on Mar 27, 2015.

Most recently Williamson won a bronze medal in slalom at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games in the visually-impaired category, with guide Nick Brush, having fought back from injuries sustained in 2012 and 2013.

Williamson competed in the visually-impaired category for 17 seasons, which makes him the longest standing member of the Canadian Para Alpine team, as well as the most decorated competitor earning gold, silver and two bronze medals at the Paralympic Games, 13 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships medals, eight IPC Crystal Globes (14 disciplines titles) and 105 IPC World Cup podiums, 56 of which were victories.

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THREE-TIME PARALYMPIAN MATT HALLAT ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

Three-time Paralympian Matt Hallat, 13-year member of the Canadian Para Alpine team, has announced his retirement from competitive ski racing.

At the young age of five, Hallat, of Vancouver, BC had his leg amputated due to Ewing's sarcoma. Hallat began ski racing shortly after that, but it was during a fun race at nine years old that his passion and love for the sport was confirmed. One of his out-riggers got stuck in the start gate and the only conclusion he could draw at the time was sabotage. Hallat laughs now but states, "I was mad which I believe shows my competitiveness which has translated throughout the rest of my career."

Hallat has been with the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team for 13 years, participating in three Paralympic games, a two-time IPC World Cup podium finisher and most recently the slalom bronze medallist at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.

Hallat's last run as a competitive ski racer was Slalom at the Sport Chek Canadian Nationals Championships at Mont Ste. Anne, QC last month, where he finished third

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SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

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For further information: Brianne Fodor, Director, Marketing & Communications, Alpine Canada Alpin, C 403-826-6393

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