Another World Cup gold, and plenty of good stuff ahead
by Randy Pascal
It's been nearly a year since Collin Cameron proudly donned the maple leaf, competing at his first set of Paralympics in Pyeongchang
(South Korea) – and almost two years since his first victory on the World Cup circuit.
A lot has changed in that time. The thrill, however, as being first across the line, when lined up against the very best in the world, has not.
“Compared to my first win in Korea two years ago, this one felt much better,” said Cameron, back in Sudbury over the Christmas holidays with another
World Cup gold medal in tow, this one courtesy of a December trip to Finland.
“I had made the final two years ago at this same race in Vuokatti, so my goal was to at least get there again. The wax team nailed the wax for my
skis that day, and after qualifying for the final, I was feeling great and confident of taking a top three.”
The self-assuredness with which Cameron now discusses a whole variety of different aspects of his para nordic career contrasts drastically from the time
of his entry in the sport, not all that long ago.
“Beyond the obvious stuff like more quality training and racing experience, I think I've made a pretty major lifestyle change since two years ago, when
I was fresh off my first season of racing,” he said. “My day-to-day routine is working, then skiing/training, then repeat.”
“I've also surrounded myself with people that support me and understand what it takes to compete at this level.” Not that a whole lot of additional
motivation was needed, but it certainly did not hurt to return from his first Paralympics with a bevy of medals in hand.
“It's about just building and growing off that entire experience, and transferring that into the next four-year cycle, with the main goal of remaining
competitive and hopefully taking a couple of extra steps up the podium at the next Winter Paralympics in China in 2022.”
On a more short-term basis, the Bracebridge-born one time sledge hockey player is anxious to see more of the same, in rounding out his 2018-2019
campaign. “The main goal right now is staying fit and healthy, and carrying the momentum from a great start to the season for our entire team into the
World Championships,” Cameron stated.
With the World Para Nordic and Biathlon Ski Championships set to take place, for the first time ever, on Canadian soil, Cameron is not the only Sudbury
resident who has a busy travel itinerary in the months ahead.
With coach Patti Kitler continuing to work her magic, Cameron will be joined by Kyle Barber in Prince George (British Columbia) from
February 15th to the 24th. From there, Barber will join former SDSSAA para standout Tanya Quesnel and Caelan Flannigan in representing
Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.