Radke competes in Beijing

Training, hours of hard work and the love of the game has helped bring a local basketball player to the other side of the world.
Lori Radke, who was raised in Ponoka, competed in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in China. The Games were held on Sept. 6 to 17 and many people came together from all over the world in hopes of winning a medal.

Paralympian Lori Radke and her team competed in China at the Beijing Paralympics 2008.

Training, hours of hard work and the love of the game has helped bring a local basketball player to the other side of the world.

Lori Radke, who was raised in Ponoka, competed in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in China. The Games were held on Sept. 6 to 17 and many people came together from all over the world in hopes of winning a medal.

Radke has previously competed in past Paralympic Games including Atlanta 1996 where her team claimed a gold medal, Sydney 2000 bringing home a gold medal and Athens 2004 where they achieved bronze.

In Beijing the women’s wheelchair basketball team placed 5th out of 10 teams. There were two pools of five, the team lost one round robin game to Japan by three points and worked hard to win the other games and went to the finals. The team played the Australians in the finals and lost by four points.

“They were two really close games,” said Radke. “We have never gone home without medaling, so it was a bit disappointing because we knew we could have placed higher.”

Radke’s experience in Beijing was memorable and she was impressed with the organization, transportation and friendliness of the people there.

“They did a fantastic job, they really embraced the paralympics” she said. “The venues were outstanding and even the practice venues we went to were very nice. Organizationally, it was definitely the best; everything ran on time, they had a million volunteers, the transportation was there when you needed it, etc.”

As for the quality of the air in Beijing, Radke says she has noticed a difference and did not witness too many horribly polluted, smoggy days.

“I was there in January for a test event and the pollution was really bad, you could smell it and taste it, it was terrible” she said. “When we went for the games it was way better, I was skeptical that they would keep the factories closed like they did with the Olympics, but it seems like they did. It makes you hope that things will get better for their own country.”

Radke was pleased to be a part of the team and represent Canada and was glad to be a part of the experience.

“I’m very fortunate to be on a team with great people,” she said. “It’s fun, I love playing the game and the opening ceremonies is always a great thing and to be a part of Team Canada is a great honour.”

Radke is taking some time to relax and refresh herself after an intense season but will still be involved and active with basketball.

“Right now I’m taking some time to recover and reflect on this and I’ll continue to play on some level,” she said.

Canada finished 7th overall in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and brought home 50 medals. Since 1968 Team Canada has won 359 gold medals, 292 silver medals and 295 bronze medals totaling 947.

For further results and more information visit the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Associations website at www.cwba.ca.

Just Posted

WCPS uses cannabis legislation to fully review drug, alcohol and tobacco policies

Cannabis is not permitted in schools; WCPS focused on providing education and support

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

Alberta readies itself for cannabis sales with 17 stores (for now) and a new provincial website

Ponoka mayor & council takes on province for recreation funding

Mayor Rick Bonnett wants school requisition for three years

Ponoka County on the hook for rubber tire shredder

Cost of large shredder may yet fall completely on county as problems arise

Ponoka council approved a cannabis retail sales bylaw

Along with retail sales, the cannabis consumption bylaw was approved

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

Legalized marijuana sparks conversation on social stigmas

Ponoka area resident Mitchell Calkins enjoyed some cannabis on the first day of legalization

After 50 years, ‘Sesame Street’ Big Bird puppeteer retiring

The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.

Britain, EU decide to take some time in getting Brexit right

Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said “we need much time, much more time and we continue to work in the next weeks.”

Parole denied for convicted killer-rapist Paul Bernardo after 25 years in prison

Paul Bernardo plead for release on Wednesday by arguing he has done what he could to improve himself during his 25 years in prison.

B.C. Lions look to cement CFL playoff spot with victory over Eskimos

B.C. can cement a post-season berth in the wild West Division on Friday night with a home win over the Edmonton Eskimos

Canada ban on asbestos takes effect but mining residues are exempt

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna plans to announce the new regulations implementing the ban on Thursday in Ottawa

Most Read