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Team Austgarden - November 2004


Team Austgarden November 8, 2004
Gerry Austgarden, Coach Sharon Delver, Ron Vaselenak, Sonja Gaudet, Eric Eales


Gerry Austgarden - skipGerry Austgarden

I am a BC native and have lived in Kelowna since 1990. I have been married to Doreen for 18 wonderful years and have a beautiful 7 year old daughter, Zoe-Ann. Since my spinal chord injury in 1987 I have participated in many wheelchair sports holding national rankings or medals in wheelchair basketball, racquetball and curling. I also ski, and play golf and tennis in the summer. I have served on numerous boards involved with the disabled sports community, and work as a personal investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns. I'm currently a member of the Team Canada Paralympics squad, and aim to help them medal at the Torino Games in 2006.

Ron VaselenakRon Vaselenak

I'm a native British Columbian, born in Prince Rupert and raised in Terrace, and have lived in Kelowna with my wife Denise and our two sons Eugene and Graham since 1986. I became a paraplegic in 1977 after a motor vehicle accident. I have been employed by an avionics communications company for the past 25 years. In addition to competing provincially and nationally as a pistol and rifle marksman, I play basketball, tennis, and racquetball. This season I played 2nd on the BC team that won bronze at the National Championships.


Sonja GaudetSonja Gaudet

I was born and raised in BC, and live with my husband Dan, Alysha my daughter, and Colten my son in Vernon. I work as a Project Coordinator at the Vernon Disability Resource Center, helping to make our community a better place for people with disabilities. I became a paraplegic after a horse riding accident but have continued my previous passion for sports. I ski, swim, cycle, play tennis and basketball, and last year began to curl. I hope my success at the 2003 and 2004 National Championships has set a path to gold at the Paralympics in 2006 and 2010. 


Eric EalesEric Eales

I was born in Halifax, NS, but have lived in Kelowna’s Mission district with Cate and Sandy the poundhound since 1996. I’m a post-polio paraplegic, and a competitive bridge player. This is my third year curling and I have just completed my Level One coaching credential. As I don't have the musculature of some of my younger team mates, I content myself being the very best Lead I can be, while hoping old age and treachery will help me skip a few league wins every now and then.



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