Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Cardston athlete set to compete in sitting volleyball at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Cardston’s Payden (Olsen) Vair is ready to represent Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next week.

It’s been three years since a the former Lethbridge College Kodiaks soccer player had her right leg amputated below the knee after a life-changing lawnmower accident on her family farm.

Vair made her Team Canada sitting volleyball debut at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Peru and earned a bronze medal.

Now, she says she can’t wait for the chance to help her team compete in the Paralympics – a dream that’s been on pause for the past year due to COVID-19.

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“I’m so excited that I got to reach the next level and represent such an amazing country. I love the way that everything has turned out and I wouldn’t change a thing. I mean, I would love to play soccer again but I’m also loving where I am with volleyball. I hope that the more I talk about it, the more people can learn about the Paralympics and sitting volleyball. It’s such a cool sport and we’re ready to compete for Canada.”

Preliminary round action for Team Canada starts next Friday, Aug. 27 against Brazil.

Canada is currently ranked fifth in the world.

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