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Local Paralympian competing this week

It’s one event down, one event to go for local para-snowboarder Andrew Genge at the PyeongChang Paralympic Games.

Genge, a native of Oshawa, finished 13th in the qualifying round of the men’s cross event on Sunday, March 11, missing out on the medal round.

Genge notched a best time of 1:05:74, finishing 5.62 seconds behind front-runner Patrick Mayrhofer of Austria.

However, he will have another shot on March 16 in the banked slalom event.

After suffering a stroke in a rugby game in 2004, Genge was paralyzed on the right side of his body, left unable to walk or talk.

Lasting effects of the injury include weakness in his right hand.

Since then, Genge says he has regained around 80 per cent mobility in both his right leg and right arm.

Although told at the time of his injury he wouldn’t regain full mobility in his right side; he remained positive and undeterred.

“I was very determined to get it all back,” he told The Oshawa Express in September 2017.