Belgium wins first medal in 22 years at Winter Paralympics

The visually-impaired skier Eléonor Sana has taken bronze at the Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang in South Korea. In so-doing, the 20-year-old from Court-Saint-Etienne in Walloon Brabant made Belgian sporting history by becoming the first Belgian woman ever to win a medal at the Winter Paralympic. Her bronze medal was for her third place in the descent for the visually impaired.

Belgium has just athletes both of whom skiers representing our country at the Paralympic Games. Jasper Balcaen is the other member of the Belgian delegation.

Eléonor Sana is guided by her sister Chloé. As well as being the first ever woman to take a medal, she is only the 2nd Belgian ever to win a medal at the Winter Paralympics. 22-years ago Willy Mercier won bronze in the Super G competition.

"We were continuously egging each other on"

A delighted Eléonor Sana told the VRT “We’re so happy. We have been preparing for these winter games for the past 4 years and it has paid off”.

But what did she make of her descent? "I was stressed, because it went really quickly. I was sometimes a little scared, but now I can look back with satisfaction”.

Eléonor Sana’s guide during her descent was her sister Chloë. Chloë told the VRT that "We egged each other on continuously. We were talking to each other all the time so as to ensure that we remained close to each other”.

Eléonor Sana will be in action again over the next few day in a number of disciplines that include Slalom skiing.