Prince Albert’s Brittany Hudak is an outstanding athlete and a role model for other young women in the Prince Albert community.
She was only introduced to competitive skiing more than three years ago, but since then has already celebrated a number of career victories. In 2011 Hudak was working in Prince Albert at Canadian Tire when she was approached by, Colette Bourgonje, a Canadian Paralympic legend that also lives in Prince Albert, who convinced her to get involved in para-sports. Little did she know, that day would mark the start to her Paralympics career.
In 2014 Hudak competed in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi Russia and won gold medals in all three Canada Winter Games individual events she participated in. Recently in 2015 she capped off her first full year of competing at International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events with an overall IPC World Cup title. She finished the year with seven medals: two gold, two silver and three bronze in standing events. Hudak also won two more, silver and bronze, in IPC World Cup biathlon events.
In addition to those accomplishments Hudak has also competed around the globe in Japan, Finland, Norway and the United States.
During the offseason in 2015 Hudak spent some time in Canmore where she trains with the Canadian national team. She also flew to New Zealand for a three weeks training camp.
“Coming in September I am actually hoping to move to Canmore Alberta,” she said. That is where our national team trains out of, so it’s kind of being encouraged and supported that I should move there.”
Hudak will be missed in Prince Albert if she does decide to move to Alberta but she said she will never forget her hometown and where her roots came from. She said she encourages other Prince Albert youth to work hard and follow their dreams as well.
“Number one is believe that dreams do come true because they definitely do once you start working at it,” she said. “Something that works really good for me is just having a positive attitude.”
“I do enjoy competition and competing but it is also about striving towards my own goals and just bettering myself. So if you always have in mind that you are doing the best that you can then I believe you are more likely to get somewhere.”
The 2015/2016 should be another successful season for Hudak.
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