Emily Young (formerly Weekes) collected two medals in her Paralympic Games debut in 2018.
She earned her first world championship podium in February 2017 as she helped Canada to a historic bronze in the 4x2.5 kilometre cross-country relay at the Para Nordic World Championships in Finsterau, Germany. It was the first ever world championship medal in the relay for Canada. In total she raced in six events at both the 2017 and 2015 world championships.
Young competed in wrestling and triathlon at the international level before she was injured in 2009. Her arm injury occurred just before the wrestling event at the Canada Games in 2009. She fought anyway and won the bronze medal. Young raced triathlon afterwards for five years and qualified for international races, including three Ironmans. However by 2013, she had severe nerve damage from her neck to her fingers in her right arm. Her elbow joint is also locked and won’t straighten.
Young started Para nordic skiing in 2014 and a year later competed at her first world championships in Cable, Wisconsin.