Canadian Paralympian Tyler McGregor completes fundraising skate in BC on world’s longest ice walk

Canadian Paralympian Tyler McGregor completes fundraising skate in BC on world’s longest ice walk

Canadian Paralympic ice hockey captain Tyler McGregor has completed a 26-mile skate on the world’s longest ice rink near Invermere, BC, as part of his nationwide campaign to raise funds for cancer research.

The 28-year-old made his third stop on Monday morning Sled of Hope Campaign this year on Lake Windermere Whiteway. The 30-kilometre outdoor ice rink was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2014 as the longest of its kind in the world.

“The lake is incredible, as is the community,” he said. “Extremely excited to be here.”

McGregor’s performance earlier this month followed a 26-mile skate at Emera Oval in Halifax and the same length at Bowness Park in Calgary. He has seven more runs of 42 kilometers each in other Canadian provinces until February 11th.

An ice rink with people on it, with a sign in front of them that says
According to Guinness World Records, the Lake Windemere Whiteway is the longest ice skating trail in the world. (Corey Bullock/CBC)

McGregor led Canada’s para-hockey team to silver at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games after winning bronze and silver respectively with Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games.

Inspired by Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope

Raised in Forest, Ontario, McGregor was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma — an extremely rare bone cancer — after breaking his left leg at a hockey game when he was 15. His leg was then amputated.

McGregor said he was able to survive his ordeal thanks to cancer research funded by the Terry Fox Foundation’s Marathon of Hope, an annual charity event he has attended since childhood.

A group of hockey players and an RCMP officer stand in front of a truck with
Tyler McGregor, far left, is pictured Monday with players from the under-18 Columbia Valley Rockies, a junior ice hockey team based out of Invermere, BC. (Corey Bullock/CBC)

McGregor said the Marathon of Hope inspired him to launch Sledge Skate of Hope and he hopes his campaign will encourage young people facing challenges to strive for what they want to achieve .

“I think of the boy or girl who might be missing a limb and who is questioning himself or doubting what he is capable of. [but] I hope it’s a signal of opportunity for everyone.”

McGregor launched his campaign in February 2021 and within two weeks raised more than $30,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. He is aiming to raise a total of $100,000 this year.

Invermere Mayor Al Miller said his community was proud to host the third stop of the Sledge Skate of Hope campaign.

“It’s unique – Terry Fox did his best to walk across this country and it was fantastic at the time. Now, here we have Tyler doing the same thing, skating across Canada.

“It’s awesome.”

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