Australia finished the games with a rush of bronze medals in the last couple of days of the Sochi Winter Paralympics.
Toby Kane took out the Bronze medal in the 'Super Combined' event.
Bronze Medal to Jess Gallagher in the giant slalom event.
Mitchell Gourley, a left arm below elbow amputee, put in some great performances and was unlucky to miss out on a medal finishing 5th in the Men's Super Combined - just 0.24 seconds behind team mate Toby Kane.
For three of the Australian athletes Cameron Rahels-Rahbula, Melissa Perrin and Joany Badenhurst, the games were a bit heartbreaking, with injuries, illness, difficult weather conditions creating a few setbacks and close calls. They did their country proud in the way that they handled themselves.
Opening ceremony flag bearer Cameron Rahles-Rabula was ruled out of the games with injuries he sustained in a training run just days before the start of the. The 2014 Games were Cameron's last games after announcing his retirement.
First time Paralympian Joany Badenhaust in the snowboard event, dislocated her knee in a warm up run and was unable to compete.Three first time paralympians, Ben Tudhope, Trent Milton and Victoria Pendergast gained valuable experience and will certainly be ones to watch for future events. With the retirement of two of the team's most experienced athletes, Toby Kane and Cameron Rahles-Rahbula we'll be looking to the younger generation to lead the way at the 2018 Games in South Korea.
In recognition of his contribution to the Paralympic movement, Toby Kane was presented the prestigious International Paralympic Committee Whag Yon Dai achievement award at the closing ceremony in front of more than 40,000 people and a global television audience. This award is presented to a male and female athlete at the summer and winter Paralympics. This is the first time an Australian Athlete has received the award - congratulation Toby!
Melissa Carlton OAM
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