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By Benjamin Aubé

Gabriel Denis is well on his way of achieving his goal of competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

The cross country skier from Black River-Matheson recently returned to the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport with a gold and two silvers from the 2015 Canadian Para-Nordic Championships at Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay.

His trophy cabinet is getting quite significant. This past winter alone, he competed in two of four O-Cup races this season, finishing first in both, and took home three bronze medals last month from the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.

In Thunder Bay, he took silver in both the 5-km and 10-km cross country ski races. Sandwiched between those was an inspiring gold-medal victory in the 7.5-km event.

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By Jaime Lopez

Inspired by his daughter with cerebral palsy, Brazilian inventor Carlos Edmar Pereira created the Livox app, which allows people with motor and audiovisual impairments to express emotions via a mobile device.

Pereira told Efe that to improve communication with 7-year-old Clara he created an interface in which the user can select from a lexicon of words that are then vocalized by the device.

“There are already some alternative methods for people who cannot communicate, and they usually consist in written signs,” he said. “I transformed them into a software.”

The app, which is available for devices with the Android operating system, adapts to the user’s disability, “correcting the word” according to the impairment. The program offers also several license levels allowing the user to subscribe for one or two years, in the case of temporary impairment, or for life, if necessary.

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By Phil Duncan

Nicolas Hamilton, the younger brother of Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, is to compete in this season’s British Touring Car Championship. Hamilton, who has cerebral palsy, will make his debut in June and becomes the first disabled driver to compete in the series.

The 22-year-old will take part in five of the 10 rounds at Croft, Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone and the final meeting of the championship at Brands Hatch. Hamilton, who raced in the Renault Clio Cup in 2011 and 2012, said: ‘I am incredibly excited to be racing in BTCC with AmD Tuning this year.

‘BTCC is the top national motorsport series here in the UK and having the opportunity to race at that level is the biggest challenge I’ve taken on in my career to date.

‘I’m coming into the championship with a lot to learn and my expectations are to develop as a driver as my programme across the season progresses.’

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