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Kenn Oliver
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Shania Caravan, 14, from Gracia Gymnastics, Deer Lake (Western). Coach Kerri Anstey looks on.

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Emily Bland of the Grand Falls-Windsor host team goes up for the kill against Mount Pearl/South during girls volleyball action at Exploits Valley High Sunday, March 21, 2010. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Bethany Parsons (11) of the Grand Falls-Windsor host team blocks a spike from Mount Pearl South's Michelle Compton during girls volleyball action at Exploits Valley High Sunday, March 21, 2010. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Mount Pearl/South's Michelle Compton spikes against the guard of the host team's Donna Jewer (1) and Bethany Parsons (11). - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Brad Manuel (7) of the Grand Falls-Windsor boys hocket team looks back to see St. John's/North goaltender Michael Collins sprawl to keep his backhand shot from crossing the line. St. John's would win the game at Windsor Stadium, 6-2. - Photo by Kenn Ol

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Figure skater Ashley Bishop, Mount Pearl South.

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Figure skater Shannon Lilly, Labrador City.

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Emma Holmes competes for St. John's/North in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games cross-country ski event at the Exploits Valley ski trails on Monday. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Corner Brook's Brian Brewer presents Pamela Budden with her medal after she clocked a time of five minutes and 16 seconds in her 500-metre Para-Nordic cross-country ski event at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor. -

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Fans of Exploits Valley High School, the Host team in the male volleyball competition at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games, cheer on the home side during the gold-medal match against Western Tuesday in Grand Falls-Windsor. Western won the fina

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Members of the Eastern female bowling team at the Provincial Winter Games include (front, from left) Melanie Avery and Emma Manning; (back, from left) Sarah Short, Cassie Bishop and coach Rosetta Avery. - Photo by Dave Newell/Transcontinental Media/The

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Nick Ash (2) and Jacob Lane (14) of the Gander Collegiate Concordes go up to block a smash by Patrick Churchill of the South West Arm Academy Tigers during the bronze-medal match in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games boys' volleyball competiti

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Central's James Collins (9) looks to pound the ball through a couple of Eastern blockers during the boys' volleyball bronze-medal final at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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The 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Western Male Volleyball Gold Medal Team. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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The 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Eastern Male Volleyball Bronze Medal Team. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Labrador goaltender Kyla Penney gets ready to pounce on a loose puck as teammates Charlene Duffett and Shannon Kalanko keep Western's Kristen Cooze and Franchesca Gibbons at bay during female hockey action at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter G

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Central region basketball coaches Ed Traverse (left) and Brian Kennedy get their Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games kits from volunteers Betty Boone and Gloria White (right) during Games turnaround day Wednesday in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by K

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Mount Pearl/South hockey player Carlee Jesso lugs her sticks, equipment and suitcase as she enters the girls' athletes village at Exploits Valley School in Grand Falls-Windsor, turnaround day at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Ke

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Central's Blanchard and Avalon's Cody MacTavish hook up in boys' wrestling action at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor on Thursday. Thursday marked the first full day of action in the second half of the Games. - Photo by

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Members of the Labrador wrestling team at the Provincial Winter Games include (front row, left to right): Stephen Penashue, J.B. Andrew, Rodney Osmond and Matthew Nuna; back row (left to right): coach Brian Tucker, Alex Penashue, Clinton Rich, Nicholas

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Samantha Morey (centre) and Victoria Roberts of Central take on Mount Pearl/South, whose team includes Kiley Hynes (left) in girls' badminton action at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Thursday in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/T

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On the ski course, as in life, Pamela Budden surmounts uphill challenges

Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games
When Pamela Budden was born, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and doctors told her mother Gertie that her daughter would likely never walk, never see, never hear.

"Basically, a human vegetable," a very mobile Pamela said after finishing with a personal-best time of five minutes and 16 seconds in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Para-Nordic cross-country skiing event Sunday.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games

When Pamela Budden was born, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and doctors told her mother Gertie that her daughter would likely never walk, never see, never hear.

"Basically, a human vegetable," a very mobile Pamela said after finishing with a personal-best time of five minutes and 16 seconds in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Para-Nordic cross-country skiing event Sunday.

The last time she completed a 500-metre course - last month in her hometown of Gander to qualify for these Games - her finishing time was nearly a full three minutes more than it was Sunday.

"They say kids with a disability can't do anything. Well they're wrong," Gertie Budden said. "Here she is with one, cross-country skiing and winning."

In truth, Sunday's event marked the first real race for Pamela, who began Para-Nordic skiing a little over a year ago at the suggestion of Janeway Children's Hospital recreation specialist Margaret Tibbo, or "Mugs," as Gertie and Pamela refer to her.

Pamela, whose mobility is limited and who needs a wheelchair for longer intervals, uses what's called a sit ski to compete. It is, essentially, a bucket seat with straps attached to a pair of cross-country skis.

With her regular coach Dave Tanton unable to attend the Provincial Winter Games, Central region cross-country coach Paul Langdon followed Pamela along the trail during Sunday's competition.

"I've never tried her positioning, but if I were to equate it to double poling myself, it's probably that much more difficult because your most powerful muscles are in your legs and she's trying to propel her body using her arms," said Langdon.

Making Pamela's task that much harder were trail conditions she described as "horrible." The snow was extremely hard and caused her to slide backwards when tackling a slope, however slight.

Hardened, icy spots along the trail can be a boon on a down slope, but when facing a upward grade, it's a bane for Para-Nordic skiers.

"(Under more normal conditions), snow would stop you from sliding back. On a sheet of ice, as soon as you lift your poles, you start to slide backwards," Langdon explained.

He could offer assistance, but only to keep her from sliding too far back or if she were to leave the trail and land in the brush.

But given her tremendous time and the fact that in the past month she's "got her techniques down and has improved 100 per cent," according to coaches, Pamela is only looking forward.

"Mugs and her coach are going to get together to schedule some training over the summer," said her mother. "She'll need something to sit in and get her upper body muscles developed."

If all goes well, Pamela could be representing the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

"I'm really looking forward to Halifax next year," Pamela said.

"That's the big one."

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Janeway Children's Hospital

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Gander, Halifax Canada

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