PYHA, Finland – Sandrine Hamel of St-Sauveur, Que., won the silver medal on Wednesday in the women’s banked slalom event at the 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships. It’s the first career worlds medal in two appearances for the 21-year-old.
Lisa Bunschoten of the Netherlands won the gold clocking 56.22 seconds on the second of her two runs. Hamel, who posted two top-five results at the Paralympic Games last winter, followed at 59.56 earned on her first run. Fina Paredes of Spain was third.
‘’It’s a great moment of pride to get my first world championship medal,’’ said Hamel, who has three silver medals this season on the World Cup circuit. ‘’The banked slalom has been my best event all winter.
‘’I was very confident this morning and I gave my all in the first run.’’
Sandrine Hamel competing in the Banked Slalom event, Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Sandrine, continued her winning streak Saturday, as the St-Sauveur, Que. rider won her second silver medal at the World Para Snowboard Championships, placing second in the snowboard cross.
Hamel, 21, was in the A final against three Dutch women and took second to Lisa Bunschoten.
Due to inclement weather in Pyha, Finland there were plenty of delays during the competition in order to assure the safety of the riders. But Hamel made sure she was ready to chase a second medal after a runner-up finish Wednesday in the banked slalom.
'’I was prudent because I absolutely wanted to reach the final,’’ said Hamel, a 2018 Paralympian, born with scoliosis. ‘’I was pleased I could manage my energy. I raced with no hesitation in the final.”