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Rio 2016: Strong showing for Team Canada at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sept. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Triple gold medallist swimmer Aurélie Rivard led Team Canada in to the Opening Ceremony at Maracanã Stadium tonight in Rio. The 20-year-old from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu set two world records en route to winning three gold medals and a silver here in Rio.

Canada finishes these Games with 29 medals (eight gold, 10 silver, 11 bronze) to rank 14th among nations in the total medal count, surpassing the team's performance goal of top 16.

"On behalf of Team Canada, I'd like to thank Brazil and Rio 2016 for hosting such fantastic Games," said Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. "The stands were full, volunteers were friendly and we felt welcome and supported at all times.

"I've also been very impressed by the excellence and professionalism of Team Canada coaches and support staff, which ensured that our Canadian athletes could focus on delivering world-class performances.

"And to all our athletes – congratulations and well done. Many achieved lifetime bests, others fought hard and fell short of their goals, and I admire them all. The bar is continuously being raised in Paralympic sport and the depth of field continues to increase with every Games. Team Canada's athletes are outstanding role models for all Canadians and I am proud of all 162 of them.

"Thank you also to all the friends and family, government and sport partners, and corporate sponsors and suppliers, as well as media partners who have supported Team Canada every step of the way. None of this would be possible without you."

FUN FACTS:

Four Canadian medallists are under age 20: Liam Stanley (athletics), Tess Routliffe (swimming), Nicholas-Guy Turbide (swimming) and Stefan Daniel (triathlon).

The cycling team had its best Paralympics ever, with nine medals. Tristen Chernove emerged as a new star with three medals – gold, silver and bronze.

Sprint stars Michelle Stilwell and Brent Lakatos were multiple medalists in wheelchair racing. Stilwell won two golds and Lakatos won gold, silver and two bronze.

Two sailing crews are coming home with medals, a silver for the 2-person keelboat (SKUD18) and a bronze for the 3-person keelboat (Sonar).
Canada won its first-ever Paralympic medal ever in rowing, a bronze.

Canada medalled in one of the two new Paralympic sports: a silver in triathlon by Stefan Daniel.
Five-time Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot won his 20th Paralympic medal, a bronze.

Swimmer Katarina Roxon of Newfoundland and Labrador won gold in her third Paralympic Games, her first Paralympic medal.

Canadian athletes were supported onsite by more than 350 friends and family.

Back home, the team had unprecedented coverage with more than 200 hours on television and 1,000 hours online.


LIST OF MEDALLISTS

GOLD MEDALS

Athletics
100m T53
Brent Lakatos
400m T52
Michelle Stilwell
100m
Michelle Stilwell
Cycling
C2 - Time Trial
Tristen Chernove
Swimming
100m Breaststroke SB8
Katarina Roxon
100m Freestyle S10
Aurélie Rivard
400m Freestyle S10
Aurélie Rivard
50m Freestyle S10
Aurélie Rivard

SILVER MEDALS

Swimming
200m Individual Medley SM10
Aurélie Rivard
Swimming
200m Individual Medley SM7
Tess Routliffe
Triathlon
PT4
Stefan Daniel
Athletics
Javelin Throw F44
Alister McQueen
Cycling
C1 - 3km Pursuit
Ross Wilson
Cycling
C1 - Time Trial
Ross Wilson
Athletics
1500m T37
Liam Stanley
Athletics
400m T53
Brent Lakatos
Cycling
C2 - 3km Pursuit
Tristen Chernove
Sailing
2-person keelboat (SKUD18)
John McRoberts, Jackie Gay

BRONZE MEDALS

Athletics
800m T53
Brent Lakatos
4 x 400m Relay
Brent Lakatos, Curtis Thom, Tristan Smyth, Alexandre Dupont
Cycling
C1-3 - 1000m Time Trial
Tristen Chernove
C3 - Time Trial
Michael Sametz
H3 - Road Race
Charles Moreau
H3 - Time Trial
Charles Moreau
T1-2 - Time Trial
Shelley Gautier
Rowing
Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four
Meghan Montgomery, Victoria Nolan, Andrew Todd, Curtis Haliday, Kristen Kit
Sailing
3-person keelboat (Sonar)
Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes, Logan Campbell
Swimming
400m Freestyle S10
Benoit Huot
100m Backstroke
Nicolas-Guy Turbide
ABOUT TEAM CANADA IN RIO: Canada has a team of 162 athletes competing in 19 sports at the Paralympic Games, Sept. 7 to 18. For more information visit: http://paralympic.ca/team-canada-rio-2016

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Sept 22: Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary

Sept 23: Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal

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Rio 2016: Aurélie Rivard named Team Canada flag bearer for Closing Ceremony
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sept. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Triple gold medallist swimmer Aurélie Rivard (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.) will carry the flag tonight for Team Canada at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Team Canada Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc announced Rivard as flagbearer in Rio this morning, praising her for winning four medals and setting two world records during the swimming competition.

"Aurélie came to Rio completely prepared and ready to deliver," said Petitclerc. "She performed at a world-class level consistently in the pool, breaking several records and leading by example in her professionalism and focus. I am extremely proud of Aurélie and I am a great admirer of her character, her perseverance and dedication to excellence."

Competing in her second Paralympic Games, the 20-year-old Rivard won gold in the S10 50-metre freestyle and the S10 400-m freestyle, setting world records in each. She also won the S10 100-m freestyle in a Paralympic Games record and came second in the S10 200-m individual medley.

"This is such an honour," said Rivard, who was born missing her left hand. "I would have never imagined myself carrying the flag at the Games when I started swimming. We saw some great performances for our team and many people deserve this. So many legends have done it. I'm thrilled that I'm part of history."

The Closing Ceremony starts at 8 p.m. BRT at Maracana Stadium.
Canadian wrap-up on day 10: Turbide and men's wheelchair relay cap five medal day for Canada with bronze at Paralympic Games

Para-swimmer Nicolas Turbide of Quebec City and the men's wheelchair relay capped a five-medal day for Canada with bronze medal performances on Saturday evening at the Paralympic Games.

Earlier Saturday, wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, B.C., got Canada rolling with her second gold of the Games in the women's T52 100-m. Then on Rio waters Canadian sailors collected silver and bronze in their 11th and final races.

Turbide clocked 59.55 seconds for his first career Paralympic Games medal just slightly off the 59.53 he clocked for his first sub minute time and Americas record in the morning preliminaries.

In athletics, the men's T53-54 4X400-m relay took the bronze with Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Curtis Thom, Mississauga, Ont., Tristan Smyth, Surrey, B.C., and Alexandre Dupont, St-Rémi, Que. It is Lakatos' fourth medal of the Games to go along with a gold, silver and another bronze in individual events.

''This medal is very special,'' said Lakatos. ''All the others are just by myself. This one I get to share with my teammates and friends. It is just really great tonight."

Stilwell, the 42-year-old MLA in the B.C. legislature, clocked a Games record 19.42 seconds for her second victory at the Games and her seventh career Paralympics medal – six of which are gold.

"The goal was to come here and top the podium in both my races,'' said Stilwell, the 400-m winner here as well. ''The plan my coach and I Peter Lawless have put in place and the work we have done for the past 12 years has come through.

''I am happy to bring back the gold for Canada."

She edged Kerry Morgan of the U.S. second in 19.96 and Marieke Vervoort of Belgium third in 20.12.

In sailing, John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria took silver in the 2-person keelboat (Skud 18) while Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal won the bronze medal in the 3-person keelboat (Sonar).

In the wheelchair rugby, Canada lost 60-55 against the USA in the semi-finals and faces Japan Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for the bronze. That is the last competitive event for Canada at these Games.

Canada got off to a rocky start when the smothering American defensive – which double-teamed Zak Madell for most of the game – forced them to burn two of their four timeouts. At the end of the first, the USA was only up 14-13.

"When you lose that turnover battle, it's hard to fight back," said co-captain Trevor Hirschfield after the game. "At this level, there just aren't that many chances to create turnovers."

Canada now has 29 medals (8-10-11) for 13th in the country standings.




Rio 2016: Canadian morning wrap-up on day 8: Rivard and Huot headed to swimming finals / wheelchair rugby win in overtime


Swimmer Aurélie Rivard collected her third gold, fourth medal and second world record to highlight a productive four-medal day for Canada on Thursday at the Paralympic Games.

Bronze medals were earned by para-swimmer Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., his 20thcareer Paralympic medal, wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., in the men's T53 800-m and para-cyclist Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Que., in the men's H3 road race

Canada now has 24 medals at the Games with seven gold, nine silver and eight bronze for 13th in the country standings.

Rivard won the S10 400-metre freestyle in 4:29.96, shaving 2.83 seconds off the old world record set by France's Elodie Lorandi in 2013. Huot swam a personal best 4:04.63 to finish third in the S10 400-m freestyle. After touching the wall, he looked at the clock then pumped his fists in celebration.
 "I'm so happy, I really wanted it," said Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. "I was so nervous before the race. I'm so happy and so relieved because I have been training for this for so long. It's so amazing. "

Huot fought back tears when talking to reporters.

"I feel like it's a Hollywood script," said the five-time Paralympian. "It was one of the toughest races I have ever done. 'Finishing with the 20th medal, probably in my last Paralympic race, I can't be more happy."

In para-cycling, Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Que., won his second bronze medal of Games , the ninth medal for Canada's para-cycling team in Rio.
Moreau finished the men's H3 category 60 kilometre road race in a six rider sprint for the finish.  Moreau won a bronze medal the previous day in the individual time trial.

''I am ecstatic,'' said Moreau. ''I couldn't ask for more.  In the road race you can always have some surprises, bad luck and accidents.  I had some doubts at about three kilometres from the end.  The Italians did a really good job of working together, so I was happy just to manage third."
In athletics, Lakatos won his third medal at these Games his sixth overall. In an extremely close race, Lakatos edged his competitor at the finish by two-hundredths of a second to secure bronze.

"I am happy with the bronze,'' he said. ''I knew it would be very difficult today. The 800-metres is not my strongest event. I wasn't able to fight for a position at the beginning. I chose to go in the front so I could control the race a little more. "

Guillaume Ouellete added a fourth in the T11 5000-m final.

In wheelchair rugby, Trevor Hirschfield scored the winning goal with 0.9 seconds left in the first overtime as Canada defeated Britain 50-49 and secured a spot in the semifinals. The Canadians improved to 2-0 and close out the preliminary round Friday against Australia. Zak Madell led Canada with 30 goals.

In para-canoe, Christine Gauthier of Pointe-Claire, QC finished fourth in the women's KL2 200m while Erica Scarff of Mississauga, Ont., was seventh in the KL3. This was the first time paracanoe was in the Games.

In boccia, Alison Levine of Montreal lost the BC4 mixed individual boccia quarterfinals 3-2 to Pornchok Larpyen Thailand. Levine earns a fifth place ranking in the event.

"It's very hard to be upset after you play one of the best games of your life," said Levine. "I had the best game of my life, and to do what when it counts is even more incredible."

In sailing, John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria were second and fifth today in Skud 18 and are second overall after eight of 11 races. Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal  are third overall in three -man sonar after winning race eight.
Canada's Lauren Barwick has qualified to move on to the final Freestyle Test on Friday to close out para-dressage competition.

In women's sitting volleyball, Canada defeated Rwanda 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-20) on Thursday to finish in seventh place overall at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.


Rio 2016: Canadian wrap-up on day 7: Canada with six medals, including two gold, hits 20-medal mark

Canada hit the 20-medal mark in spectacular fashion Wednesday with a six-medal spectacle - its best day yet at the Paralympic Games.
Five medals were earned in the para-cycling time trials and para-swimmer Katarina Roxon of Kippens, N.L., soared to her first career Paralympic Games gold.

Roxon battled from behind to win the S8 100-metre breaststroke in an Americas record time of one minute, 19.44 seconds. An emotional Roxon shed tears of joy after winning her first medal in three Paralympic appearances.

"It's been three years coming," said the 23-year-old who was born missing her left arm below the elbow. "At first I didn't want to look (at the scoreboard). I knew I was going to be happy with how I did. When I saw first, I was so shocked."

It was Canada's fifth swimming medal - three gold, two silver - of the Paralympics. Overall Canada has 20 medals (6-9-5) for 13th place overall in the country rankings.

Before Roxon's heroics, Canadian para-cyclists had a medal bonanza on the first day of road competition.

Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C., won gold in the 20 kilometre men's C2 race, finishing with a time of 27 minutes and 43.16 seconds.  It is Chernove's third medal, after winning silver and bronze in the cycling track competition.

"I felt pretty good and I enjoyed the whole race," said Chernove.  "You only get these moments so often in life, and I wanted to have a positive outlook and be in the moment, and not let the anxieties or pressures get to me.  That really happened today, and that made all the difference.  I just wanted to have a great bike ride in a beautiful place."

Ross Wilson of Edmonton won the silver medal in the men's C1.  It is Wilson's second medal, after winning silver in the individual pursuit on the track.
Bronze medals were earned by Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Quebec in the men's H3 competition, Michael Sametz of Calgary in the men's C3 and Shelley Gautier of Toronto in the women's T1-T2 category.

Canada is off to a great start in wheelchair rugby. Zak Madell of Okotoks, Alta., scored 38 points to lead the Canadians to a 68-42 win over Brazil in the opening preliminary round game for both teams.

Paddlers Christine Gauthier (Pointe-Claire, Que.) and Erica Scarff (Mississauga, Ont.) have both qualified for the finals on Thursday following strong results in heats and semis this morning. This is the first ever Paralympic Games to include para-canoe events.

There was also great news for Canada in boccia. In the BC4 individual class Alison Levine of Montreal won her final preliminary round match 6-1 over Ximei Lin of China. Levine advances to the quarterfinal on Thursday.

In para-sailing, the Canadian SKUD team of John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria produced another consistent day on the Pao Acucar course. With the exception of a penalty flag in their sixth race, they were third for race four and fourth in race five. Fortunately for the Canadian team, the Polish also suffered the same penalty leaving McRoberts and Gay third overall after six of a scheduled 11 races.
The Canadian men's Paralympic wheelchair basketball team heads home on a high note after a 70-51 win over Algeria in a placement game to finish 11th. Nik Goncin of Regina led Canada with 19 points.
 
In athletics, Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won his heats to advance to Thursday's men's T53 final. Lakatos has a gold and silver so far at the Games. Six-time Paralympian Diane Roy also qualified for the women's T54 5000-m.
 
In men's goalball quarterfinal, Canada lost a 5-4 heartbreaker to Lithuania in double overtime. The Canadian women also dropped their quarterfinal to the U.S. 2-0.



Update Regarding Ashley Gowanlock at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games


 As published in an Equestrian Canada (EC) News Flash issued the afternoon of Sept. 14, Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC had a fall from her horse following the conclusion of her Grade 1b Individual Test in para-dressage competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
 
After being assessed by the Rio 2016 medical staff onsite and found to have no serious injuries, as a precaution, Gowanlock was transported to a local hospital for further assessment. The hospital confirmed that Gowanlock has bruising and a slight ankle sprain, but no serious injuries.
 
Riding Di Scansano (De Niro x Rubenstein), a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Wendy Christoff, Gowanlock completed her test and was heading toward the exit of the stadium when an unknown source startled Di Scansano, causing the fall. Di Scansano was not injured during the incident.
 
As Gowanlock had completed her test when the fall took place, her score of 65.103% for a ninth place finish in the Grade 1b Individual Test has been confirmed. Her score will also count toward the Canadian Para-Dressage Team's final team standing.
 
Unfortunately, Gowanlock's combined score from the Grade 1b Team and Individual tests was below the cut-off to move forward to the final Freestyle Test on Sept. 16. As per Paralympic rules, the Freestyle tests for all grades are open to the top third of the entries within each Grade, based on a combined score of the Team and Individual Tests.
 
Gowanlock was the second of Canada's four riders to complete the Individual Test. Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, GBR rode her Grade III Individual Test on Sept. 13, finishing in 14th place. Robyn Andrews (Grade 1a) of St. John's, NL and Lauren Barwick (Grade II) of Reddick, FL will complete their Individual tests on Sept. 15. The Canadian Para-Dressage Team is currently in 10th place on a score of 266.975.
 
EC and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) wish Gowanlock a quick recovery on her minor injuries, and thank the Rio 2016 and hospital staff for their assistance.
 

Canadian wrap-up on day 6: Rivard wins second gold at Games / Routliffe takes silver
Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won the gold medal and set a Games record with a victory in the women's S10 100-m freestyle on Tuesday evening at the Paralympics.

"I wanted the gold, which I got," said the 20-year-old, who set the world record of 59.17 at last summer's Parapan American Games in Toronto. "I'm a little disappointed in my own performance. I own the world record so I wanted to break my own time. I know what I did wrong.''

Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., won Canada's other medal today, also in the pool, taking the silver in the women's SM7 200-m IM. Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C. was fifth in that race. Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., was seventh in the men's S10 100-m freestyle.

"I'm used to having to fight until the last end of it," said the 17-year-old who was second in the same race at last summer's IPC Swimming World Championships. "In all my races it's me coming back in the second half. That's why I am who I am. I'm a fighter and I race. I just find it in me, the last little bit."

Rivard has three medals so far at the Games. She opened with gold and a world record in the 50-m freestyle and added a silver in the 200-m IM.

Canada now has 14 medals (4-8-2) after six days of competition and stands 14th in the country standings.

In athletics, Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., were fifth in the T11 1500-metres final in a season's best of 4:07.98.

"We wanted the medal,'' said Dunkerley. ''I thought we ran well today. On a different day we could have won with that performance. I don't think we could have done more. I am really proud in that respect of what Josh and I have been able to accomplish."

Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., raced to a sixth place finish in the T54 1500-metres final in 3:24.57, also a season's best for the six-time Paralympian.

"I am very happy with placing sixth,'' she said. ''I knew that to be in the top four would be very difficult. It would have taken a mistake from the lead group. I managed my race very well and overall."

Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., qualified for the final of the T34 (wheelchair) 800-metres in 1:47.61.

Both Canadian goalball teams advanced to quarterfinals after they completed their preliminary rounds.

Amy Burk of Charlottetown scored all six Canadian goals in a 6-0 win over Australia. Canada ends the preliminary round at 2-2. Canada advances to quarterfinals against the U.S. on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The men's team lost 6-3 to Sweden to finish at 1-3. Canada advances to the quarterfinals against Lithuania on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The sailing competition was disrupted by wind and heat delays postponing some races. However two Canadian crews are off to great starts after their races on Monday and Tuesday. John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria in the Skud 18 are second and Paul Tingley of Halifax; Logan Campbell of Saskatoon and Scott Lutes of Montreal in the Sonar are third.

In shooting, Doug Blessin of Tri-City, B.C., posted a strong sixth place finish in the mixed 10m air rifle in prone position.
Canadian wrap-up on day 5: Canadians nipping at the podium
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sept. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Today was a day of ''close but no medal'' for Canada at the Paralympic Games, with nine top-eight finishes for Canada - including five top-five finishes and three top-four finishes.

Wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy of Port Elgin, Ont. did not have luck on his side. He was sixth overall in the T54 1500 qualifications, except the top six racers were all in his heat and only the top-three from each heat advanced.

''I didn't want to get boxed in but the two Chinese racers controlled the race and we got all stuck in a pack,'' said Cassidy. ''It is disappointing because I felt I still had something to give at the end."

In athletics, Pamela LeJean of Cape Breton, N.S., delivered a self-admitted subpar performance, placing fourth in the women's F53 shotput.

''It is below my expectation,'' said LeJean. ''I was throwing further in training than the gold medal winner for the past four months. It is very frustrating and devastating."

First-time Paralympian Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., was disappointed about his sixth place finish in the men's T34 100-m final but knows he must cast the result aside.

''I was hoping for a better outcome," said Smeenk. "Moving forward I am looking at the 800 m starting tomorrow. The 100-m was a good race for me to break the ice."

Six-time Paralympian Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., advanced to Tuesday's final in the women's T54 1500-m, placing third in her heat and 10th overall.

"I am very happy about my race,'' said Roy 45, with five Paralympic medals in her career. "The objective is achieved. I wanted to finish in the group's top-three to have a chance to be in the final. Now the challenge will be to do the same tomorrow and be even better."

There were two more fourth place finishes for Canada in swimming. Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., and Alec Elliot of Kitchener, Ont., were fourth and fifth in the men's S10 100-m butterfly; Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., and Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., were fourth and eighth in the women's S7 50-m butterfly and Samantha Ryan of Saskatoon was fifth in the women's S10 100-m butterfly.

Eighth-place finishes were also posted by wheelchair fencer Pierre Mainville of St-Colomban, Que., and by Karen Van Nest of Wiarton, Ont., and Kevin Evans of Jaffray, B.C., in archery in the mixed team compound.

The sailing competition got underway Monday and John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria are off to a great start in the 2-person keelboat (Skud 18). They were fifth in race one and first in race two. They are second overall after two of 11 races.

In goalball, both the Canadian men and women lost their matches Monday and are 1-2 heading into their final preliminary round game on Tuesday.

In wheelchair basketball, the Canadian women bounced back in the win column defeating Brazil 82-49 (see morning wrap). They finish the prelims with three wins and a loss and face the Netherlands in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.

The men's wheelchair basketball team finishes the tournament 0-5, falling to Turkey in their final match 67-46. David Eng of Montreal scored 15 points.

After five days of competition, Canada has 12 medals (3-7-2) for 13th in the country rankings.

Canadian wrap-up on day 4: Rivard caps four-medal day for Canada with silver
Para-swimmer Aurélie Rivard added some silver polish to a four-medal day for Canada on Sunday at the Paralympic Games.

It was a second trip to the podium for Rivard in Rio. On Sunday morning, Canada won two silver medals in athletics with Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., and Liam Stanley of Victoria placing second in the T53 400-m and T37 1500-m (Silver for Stanley and Lakatos in athletics).

The Canadian LTA Coxed Fours rowing crew took an historic bronze, a first-ever medal for the sport at the Games (Canadian rowers capture historic bronze).

After four days of competition Canada has 12 medals (three gold, seven silver, two bronze) for 10th in the medal standings.

In para-swimming, Sophie Pasco of New Zealand broke the world record in he S10 200-m individual medley to beat Rivard for the gold clocking 2:24.90. The 20-year-old from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., followed in 2:30.03, a Canadian record. Bianca Pap of Hungary was third in 2:31.46.

"I'm happy with my race,'' said Rivard, who won the 50-m freestyle Friday in world record time. ''I broke the Canadian record, that was my goal. I got my silver medal back. I'm really happy with the result."

Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., and Isaac Bouckley were fourth and eighth in the men's S10 200-m individual medley. Huot was on the hunt for 20th career Paralympic medal as Ukrainian swimmers swept the podium.

Other Canadian finalists were Morgan Bird of Calgary and Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., fifth and seventh in the women's S8 100-m freestyle and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., seventh in the men's S8 100-m freestyle.

In table tennis, Stephanie Chan of Richmond B.C., lost to Kelly Van Zon the Netherlands, 11-7, 12-10, 11-1 in women's Class 7 semifinal action. Chan plays in the bronze medal match Tuesday against Seong-Ok Kim of South Korea.

In para-dressage, Canada is currently sitting in fourth place heading into the second day of Team competition on a score of 134.726 after two of four riders. Denmark has the provisional lead with 211.970, France is in second with 204.256 and the United States is in third on 135.335.

Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, GBR and Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC provided the Canadian para-dressage team with a strong start.

"It's pretty incredible to have made my Paralympic debut for Canada," said Sheffield. "I've spent the last six months seeing it on the horizon - just seeing all these steps in the road and in the way that I had to go through. So it's incredible to have actually finally got here and down the centreline. I have a score on the board and I am a Paralympian for Canada - which couldn't be better."

In women's goalball, Amy Burk of Charlottetown scored twice to lead Canada to a 3-2 victory over Ukraine. The Canadians even their record at 1-1.

"You get that one goal ahead and sometimes it can add a little more pressure on you because you have to make sure you make no mistakes," said Burk. "It was that little bit of relief and then you know, we need to buckle down, we need to be solid, we need to stop every ball."

In women's sitting volleyball, Canada fell in four sets to the Netherlands (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22) to remain winless after two matches. Heidi Peter scored 14 of her 16 points on spikes. Felicia Voss-Shafiq of Burnaby, B.C. had seven aces.

"I feel pretty good about how we played," said captain Jolan Wong (Pembroke, Ont). "We had a pretty solid game plan going in. We had hosted the Netherlands over the summer to help us train, so we know a lot of how they played and their systems."

In athletics this evening, Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., finished ninth in the T13 visually impaired 1500-metres final in a personal best of 3:57.98, "I had a great race, it was the race of my life in the 1500-metres. I am happy and it shows that I am ready for the 5000-metres in a few days." Ouellet is the reigning 5000-m world champion.

Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., made the best of his Paralympic Games debut finishing second in heat one of the T34 wheelchair 100-metres and has qualified for tomorrow's final. "The race went well. We did what we set out to do. I will turn it up tomorrow for the final."

Finally in wheelchair basketball, Canada lost both its games Sunday. The women's suffered their first loss after opening with two wins falling to Germany 68-54 in the morning. Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City led the Canadian attack with 23 points.

On the men's side, Canada is now 0-4 after a 76-45 loss to Japan in the evening. David Eng of Montreal scored 18 points.

Silver Sunday for Lakatos and Stanley; Canadian rowers on Paralympic Games podium
Wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., and runner Liam Stanley of Victoria each won a silver medal on the track and Canadian rowers reached the podium for the first time ever at the Paralympic Games on a busy Sunday morning in Rio.

In the men's T37 1500-m final, Michael McKillop of Ireland took the gold in 4:12.11 with Stanley grabbing the silver in his first Games appearance in 4:16.72. Madjid Djemai of Algeria was third in 4:17.28. Shayne Dobson of Campbellton, N.B. was fifth in 4:21.06.

''It went well but a little faster than I expected,'' said the 19-year-old Stanley who played for Canada's para-soccer team last year at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto. "I just tried to hold on to him. I stuck to the game plan and just executed. "

In the men's T53 400-m Pongsakorn Paeto of Thailand took the gold on the track clocking 47.91 edging Lakatos whose time was 48.53, his second fastest clocking ever. Pierre Fairbanks of France was third in 49.00. It was Lakatos' second medal of the Games. He won gold in the 100-m on Friday.

"I am quite happy with my race personally," said Lakatos, a 36-year-old paraplegic now with five career Paralympic medals. "If you would have told me going in that I would have done my second faster time ever I would have been pretty excited about that."

In rowing, Canada took the bronze in the LTA Coxed Four final. Britain won the gold in 3:17.17, the U.S. was second in 3:19.61 and the Canadians with Victoria Nolan (Toronto), Meghan Montgomery (Winnipeg), Andrew Todd (Thunder Bay, Ont.) Curtis Halladay (Sudbury, Ont.) and coxswain Kristen Kit (St. Catharines, Ont.) followed in 3:19.90.

"We came back on the US in a big way," said Montgomery, 34, who has a disability in her right hand. "We got from the stern to just being a bow ball away from silver. It was a good race."

Montgomery is a three-time Paralympian who retired after the London Games but made a comeback in 2015.

"This year was about fighting to get back into the boat," she said. "That was a big part of us doing so well today. We had a competitive environment in the boat."
Halladay said the crew competed like there was no tomorrow.

"Before this race we all committed to each other about giving every ounce of what we've got," said Halladay, 21, who suffered a major leg injury in a motocross racing accident in May 2012.

In the swimming heats, seven Canadians reached tonight's finals: Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., and Isaac Bouckley of Port Hope, Ont., in the men's SM10 200-m individual medley; Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in the women's SM10 200-m IM; Katarina Roxon of Corner Brook, N.L., in the women's SM9 200-m IM, Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., in the men's S8 100-m freestyle and Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., and Morgan Bird of Calgary in the women's S8 100-m freestyle.

In women's wheelchair basketball, the Canadian women lost their first game after opening with two victories. They fell to Germany 68-54 despite a 23-point effort by Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City.


Chernove pedals to a third medal for Canada to conclude day three at the Paralaympic Games
Canadian para-cyclist Tristen Chernove hadn't slept for three days and was very nervous but he put his trust in in mind, body and spirit to win the bronze medal in the men's C 1-2-3 1000-m time trial at Paralympic Games.

It was Canada's third medal of the day and eighth overall after three days of competition for 11th in the medal standings.

In the morning, wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, B.C., won the gold in the women's T52 400-m (Michelle Stilwell still golden at the Games) while Stefan Daniel of Calgary took silver in the PT4 triathlon (Stefan Daniel Celebrates historic silver)

Chernove collected his second medal of the competition with the third best time to add to his silver won on Friday in the individual pursuit.

"I am happy with the medal, it's wonderful, but I am not riding at my performance levels right now,'' he said. ''I have got to get back on top of what I can do for the transition to the road (he is also competing in the men's road race C1-2-3 and time trial C2)."

Li Zhangyu of China took the gold in a world record one minute and 06.678 seconds. Arnoud Nijhuis of the Netherlands was second in 1:07.999 and Chernove followed in 1:09.583.

In the pool, Aurélie Rivard was fourth in the women's S10 100-m backstroke and Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., was also fourth in the women's SB7 100-m breaststroke. Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., and Alec Elliot of Kitchener, Ont., were fifth and seventh in the men's S10 100-m backstroke.

For Huot, the race was a warm-up for his best event, the 200-m individual medley which goes on Sunday. Rivard just fell short of the podium after winning the 50-m freestyle in world record time on Friday.

In athletics, Mitchell Chase of Pickering, Ont., made an impressive Paralympic Games debut placing fourth in the men's T38 1500-m final with a season's best 4:28.44.

''I feel great,'' said Chase, 19, who has cerebral palsy. ''I am a bit disappointed but I came fourth and it is nothing to be ashamed of."

Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., qualified sixth for the men's T53 400-m on Saturday evening as he looks to enhance his medal collection. Jean-Philippe

Maranda of Ste-Aurélie, Que., produced his best performance of the Games so far ranking ninth but it wasn't enough to advance.

''I knew it was one of the weaker heats in the field,'' said Lakatos, the 100-m champion Friday. ''So I was able to take out really strong, open up the lead and kind of relax for the second part of the race. Now I will just ride this, cool down and get ready for tomorrow.''

In goalball, Brendan Gaulin of Laval, Que., scored six of Canada's seven goals in a 7-5 victory over Germany. The Canadian men even their record at 1-1.

In wheelchair basketball, the Canadian women downed Argentina 73-28 and are 2-0. Arinn Young of Legal, Alta., led the charge with 14 points. On the men's side, Canada remains winless after three games falling 78-53 to Australia. Opening Ceremony flag bearer David Eng of Montreal was the top Canadian with 17 points.

In boccia, Canada's BC4 pairs crew opened preliminary round action with two dramatic games. Marco Dispaltro of St-Jérome, Que., and Alison Levine and Iulian Ciobanu, both of Montreal, lost to Brazil 4-3 and beat China 2-1.

The news wasn't as good for Canada in BC 3 pairs as Éric Bussière, Verchères, Que.; Bruno Garneau, Montreal; Marylou Martineau, Quebec City lost their two matches.

On Sunday morning, Canada's LTA Mixed Coxed Four goes for gold in rowing. Victoria Nolan (Toronto), Meghan Montgomery (Winnipeg), Andrew Todd (Thunder Bay, Ont.) Curtis Halladay (Sudbury, Ont.) and coxswain Kristen Kit (St. Catharines, Ont.) won their repechage heat on Saturday.

In table tennis, Stephanie Chan plays her semifinal match in women's class 7 singles at 2 p.m. The medal matches are on Tuesday.


Canada shows its Paralympic power with five medals on Day 2, Sept. 9

 


Para-swimmer Aurélie Rivard broke the world record en route to the gold medal in the women's S10-50-m freestyle while wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos added a victory in the men's T53 100-m wheelchair race on Friday at the Paralympic Games.

The victories highlighted a five medal performance for the Canadian team today, its first podium appearances of the Games.

Rivard, a 20-year-old from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., clocked 27.37 seconds in the race to finish ahead of arch rival Sophie Pasco of New Zealand.

"I am not sure I realize it yet,'' Rivard said. ''I don't know whether to laugh, jump or throw up. It's my first event and I've broken the world record and won. I'm in heaven."

There were four other Canadian finalists at the pool: Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., and Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C. were fifth and seventh in the women's S7 50-m freestyle; Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., and Alec Elliot of Kitchener, Ont., were fifth and eighth in the men's S10 50-m freestyle and Nathan Clement of West Vancouver, B.C. was sixth in the men's S6 50-m butterfly.

After setting a Games record 14.43 in the morning heats, Lakatos nearly repeated the time clocking 14.44 for the victory for his first career Paralympic Games gold medal in four appearances for the 36-year-old paraplegic from Dorval, Que.

'I had a good start then after 30 m I could see in my peripheral vision that they were falling behind slightly and I told myself "to hold on " and I made it,'' he said. ''This is amazing''
There was more hardware in athletics for Canada as Alister McQueen of Calgary took the silver in the men's F44 javelin. The 25-year-old below-knee amputee made his best throw in the fifth of six rounds at 55.56 metres.

''I dreamed about this victory,'' said McQueen, who set personal bests on four throws. ''Over the last six months I knew I could achieve that dream if I put things together.''

Ness Murby of Salt Spring Island, B.C. was sixth in the women's F11 discus. Josh Cassidy of Port Elgin ranked seventh in the T54 5000 morning heats and advances to the final on Sunday morning.
Canada's first medal of the Games was earned at the velodrome by Ross Wilson of Sherwood Park, Alta., who took the silver in the men's C-1 3000m individual pursuit. A few minutes later Tristen Chernove of Powell River, B.C., duplicated the feat in the men's C-2 3000m individual pursuit.
Both Canadian riders were beaten by Chinese riders in their gold medal finals.

It's hard not to be really happy to be on the podium and among the world's best athletes,'' said Chernove. It's wonderful. At the same time, you really want to be on your best form and have your best performance on the day. I've got a lot to learn when it comes to these type of events. Certainly I didn't have my best rides today and that's hard.''

In the C3 3000m individual pursuit, Michael Sametz of Calgary, Alta. took fourth spot falling to Eoghan Clifford of Ireland in the bronze medal race.

It was good start for Canada in rowing as the LTA Mixed Coxed Four with Victoria Nolan, of Toronto, Ont., Meghan Montgomery of Winnipeg, Man., Andrew Todd, of Thunder Bay, Ont., Curtis Halladay, of Sudbury, Ont., and coxswain Kristen Kit of St. Catharines, Ont., were second in their heat and will compete in the repechage on Saturday morning.

It was an historic day for Canada in women's sitting volleyball as it made its Games debut in the sport. Powerful Brazil beat the Canadians 25-7, 25-12, 25-14.

In table tennis, Stephanie Chan of Richmond, B.C. evened her record at 1-1 in women's class 7 singles defeating Anne Barneoud of France 11-8, 13-11, 11-9.

The Canadian men dropped to 0-2 in men's wheelchair basketball dropping a 49-32 decision to the Netherlands. Nik Goncin of Regina led the Canadians with 12 points.

Both the Canadian men and women opened their goalball tournaments. The men lost 11-3 to Brazil and the women 12-4 to Turkey.

In wheelchair tennis, Philippe Bédard of Bromont, Que., lost first round match 6-0, 6-1 to David Phillipson of Britain.


Four Canadians going for gold Friday at Paralympic Games

 


Para-swimmer Aurélie Rivard and wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos broke Paralympic records for tonight's finals and para-cyclists Ross Wilson and Tristen Chernove are also battling for gold to highlight Canadian performances Friday morning at the Paralympic Games.

Rivard, the 20-year-old from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.,  clocked 27.83 seconds for the fastest time in the women's S10 50-m freestyle heats.

Five other para-swimmers are also headed to finals tonight: Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., and Alec Elliot of Kitchener, Ont., in the men's S10 50-m freestyle; Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., and Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., in the women's S7 50-m freestyle and Nathan Clement of West Vancouver in the S6 50-m butterfly.

On the track, Lakatos, of Dorval, Que., finished first overall in the heats clocking 14.43 seconds as he looks to improve on his triple silver performance from four years ago in London.
Wilson, of Sherwood Park, Alta., finished second in qualifying in the men's C-1 3000-m and faces top qualifier Li Zhangyu of China who broke the world record in his morning ride. Chernove, of Powell River, B.C., meanwhile takes on Guihua Liang of China in the C2 3000-m final. Liang qualified first with a Games record.

Michael Sametz of Calgary advanced to the bronze medal race in the C3 3000 after placing third in qualifying.

RIO DE JANEIRO _ What Canada Did on Friday morning at the 2016 Paralympic Games (distances in metres):
Para-athletics
Men's T53 100m: Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., first in heats with a Games record 14.43 seconds and advances to final at 7 :19 p.m. Jean-Philippe Maranda, Ste-Aurélie. Que., 16th in heats does not advance.
Cycling
Men's C1 3000 individual pursuit: Ross Wilson, Sherwood Park, Alta., second in qualifying advances to gold medal race at 5:41 p.m
Men's C2 3000 individual pursuit: Tristen Chernove, Powell River, B.C. second in qualifying advances to gold medal race at 6:08 p.m.
Men's C3 3000 individual pursuit: Michael Sametz, Calgary, third in qualifying advances to bronze medal race at 6:35 p.m.
Goalball
Women's preliminary - Canada lost to Turkey 12-4 in its opening game
Rowing
LTA Mixed Coxed Four: Canada (Victoria Nolan, Toronto, Meghan Montgomery Winnipeg, Andrew Todd, Thunder Bay, Ont., Curtis Halladay, Sudbury, Ont.,  and coxswain Kristen Kit St. Catharines, Ont., third in their heat to advance to repechage.
Swimming
Men's S7 50 freestyle:  Jean-Michel Lavallière, Quebec City, 10th in heats does not advance.
Women's S7 50 freestyle: Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., and Sarah Mehain, Vernon, B.C. sixth and eighth in heats advance to final at 6:05 p.m.
Men's S6 50 butterfly: Nathan Clement, West Vancouver, eighth in heats advances to final at 6:11 p.m.
Men's S10 50 freestyle: Nathan Stein, Surrey, B.C. and Alec Elliot, Kitchener,Ont., fourth and seventh in heats advance to final at 6:45 p.m. Isaac Bouckley, Port Hope, Ont., 13th, does not advance.
Women's S10 50 freestyle: Aurélie Rivard (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.Que.) first in heats on Paralympic Games record 27.83 seconds to advance to final at 6 :51 p.m. Samantha Ryan, Saskatoon was 18thand does not advance.
Women's S9 400 freestyle: Katarina Roxon, Corner Broook, N.L. 11th in heats does not advance.
Women's S8 100-m butterfly: Danielle Dorris, Moncton, N.B. 10thin heats does not advance.

Heartbreak for Gagné at Paralympic Games

Sept. 8, 2016 - RIO DE JANEIRO - Canadian judoka Priscilla Gagné came within one victory from earning Canada's first medal at the Paralympic Games on Thursday.

Gagné dropped the bronze medal match in women's 52 kilos for fifth overall. After going 1-1 in morning qualifying, the 30-year-old from Sarnia, Ont., lost to Sevinch Salaeva of Uzbekistan in one of two bronze medal matches.

Canada produced a great start to the first day of competition at the Games as Janet McLachlan scored 21 points to lead Canada to a 43-36 victory over Britain in women's wheelchair basketball.

It was a rougher start for the Canadian men in wheelchair basketball as the defending champions lost 80-46 to Spain.

Canada had three finalists in swimming finals with Gord Michie of St.Thomas, Ont., placing fifth in the men's S14 100-m backstroke, Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., sixth in the women's S8 400-m freestyle and James Leroux of Repentigny, Que., seventh in the men's SB9 100-m breaststroke.

In athletics, Ilana Dupont of Saskatoon took eighth spot in the women's 100-m T53 wheelchair race. Kevin Strybosch of London, Ont., was ninth in F37 men's discus final.

In track cycling there was plenty of action at the Rio Velodrome. Canadians were entered in three events but none could crack the top-four in their individual pursuit races to reach the medal round in the morning prelims. Marie-Claude Molnar of Lemoyne, Que., came the closest, placing fifth in qualifying.

Finally in table tennis, Stephanie Chan of Vancouver, B.C. lost her opening match to Rui Wang of China 3-2 (9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9).

Canada opens with win in wheelchair basketball for good morning on Day 1 of Paralympic competition


RIO DE JANEIRO - Sept. 8 , 2016-Priscilla Gagné of Sarnia, Ont., will battle for bronze in women's 52 kilos judo later today at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Gagné lost her opening bout Cherine Abdellaoui of Algeria in the first round then defeated Liudmyla Lohatska of Ukraine in the repechage. The medal round bouts gets underway at 3:30 p.m. local at the Carioca Arena.

In women's wheelchair basketball, Janet McLachlan scored 21 points to lead Canada to a 43-36 victory of Britain in it opening match.

Two Canadian swimmers are headed to finals tonight. Gord Michie of St.Thomas, Ont., posted the seventh fastest time in the men's S14 100-m backstroke to advance to the final slated for 7:04 p.m. Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., qualified eighth for the S8 400-m freestyle final set for 5:54 p.m.
Rio 2016: David Eng named Team Canada flag bearer for Opening Ceremony
 Veteran wheelchair basketball player David Eng (Montreal, Que.), a three-time Paralympic medallist, will carry the flag for Team Canada at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 7.

Team Canada Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc announced Eng as flag bearer this morning in front of his teammates, praising his leadership and character, both on and off the court.

"David is an impact player on the court and is known for his aggressive and vocal style of play and his ability to make the players around him better," said Petitclerc. "He is widely respected by both teammates and opponents and always maintains a positive attitude and passion for his sport. David is a true role model for all Canadians."

The co-captain of the men's national wheelchair basketball team, Eng will compete in Rio at his fourth Paralympic Games. He won gold in 2012 and 2004 and silver in 2008.

"I am really grateful for this amazing opportunity to carry the Canadian flag for my country at the Opening Ceremony in Rio," said Eng. "Being selected as the flag bearer at my fourth Paralympics is the highest honour I could receive for dedicating my life and heart to the Paralympic movement. This means so much to me because I truly believe Canada to be a world leader in celebrating diversity and inclusion, and in supporting athletes with a disability in high performance sport. Go Canada go!"

CBC/RADIO-CANADA TO PRODUCE MULTIPLATFORM COVERAGE OF THE RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES FOR THE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC BROADCAST CONSORTIUM THAT WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN 1000 HOURS OF CONTENT

    With the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games set to begin in just over a week, the Canadian Paralympic Broadcast Consortium, led by the Canadian Paralympic Committee, is pleased to announce that CBC/Radio-Canada will be Canada's home for daily coverage from the Opening Ceremony on Sept. 7 through to the Closing Ceremony on Sept. 18.

CBC's digital platforms will provide daily live coverage with up to 11 simultaneous live streaming feeds for viewers to choose from across cbcsports.ca/paralympics and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. Television coverage will be available daily via CBC, Sportsnet ONE and AMI-tv.

In total, CBC/Radio-Canada and its partners will provide more than 700 hours of coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - more than has ever been made available before in Canada for a Paralympic Games. Additional members of the Consortium with plans to feature content include Yahoo Sports Canada, SendtoNews, Twitter and Facebook Live.

"CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to be an important partner in this consortium and providing Canadians audiences more access to Canada's Paralympic athletes and their sports than ever before," said Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports, and general manager and chef de mission for CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of Rio 2016. "As Canada's Paralympic Network, CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to showcasing the stories and tremendous talent of these athletes from Canada and around the world across multiple platforms, ensuring Canadians will not have to miss a minute of the action from Rio."

"We are looking forward to working with CBC/Radio-Canada and all our Consortium partners to provide Canadians unprecedented coverage, both online and broadcast, of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games," said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, "We are very excited about how CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase our athletes and sports to Canadians through competition coverage, highlight moments and captivating storytelling. Canadians are in for 12 thrilling days of compelling viewing over the span of these Games and will see innovative ways to watch the Games via Team Canada's social media platforms."

In addition to daily coverage on CBC-TV and live streaming coverage at cbcsports.ca/paralympics and on the CBC Sports app, Sportsnet ONE and AMI-tv will also provide access to CBC's coverage. Sportsnet ONE will offer daily encore presentations of CBC's Paralympic Games Wrap-Up in the morning following each broadcast,while AMI-tv will provide live described video for audience members who are blind or partially sighted, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as weekend Afternoon and Primetime broadcasts.

CBC's Scott Russell will host the network's English Paralympic Games coverage and will be joined from Rio by reporter and three-time Paralympian Stephanie Dixon and veteran broadcaster and Paralympian Rob Snoek. In addition, two-time Paralympic medallist Greg Westlake will join Russell as co-host for CBC's coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Coverage on CBC will include three separate programming blocks hosted by Russell, including Paralympic Games Afternoon, Paralympic Games Primetime and the Paralympic Games Wrap-Up. The nightly Wrap-Up block will air every night from September 8 to 17, while the Afternoon and Primetime blocks will air every weekend throughout Rio 2016 (see below for the full TV broadcast schedule).

CBC's Rio 2016 Paralympic Games TV broadcast schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Opening Ceremony*
6:30 p.m. ET (Live in ON and east, 6:30 p.m. local to the west)
Thursday, Sept. 8
Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Thursday night)
Friday, Sept. 9
Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
1 a.m. (Local, Friday night)
Saturday, Sept. 10
Paralympic Games Afternoon*
12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT)

Paralympic Games Primetime*
7 p.m. ET (Live in Ontario and east, 7:30 p.m. local to the west)

Paralympic Games Wrap-Up*
10 p.m. (Live in Ontario and east, 10 p.m. local to the west)
Sunday, Sept. 11
Paralympic Games Afternoon*
1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT)

Paralympic Games Primetime*
6 p.m. (Local)

Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Sunday night)
Monday, Sept. 12
Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Monday night)
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Tuesday night)
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Wednesday night)
Thursday, Sept. 15
Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Thursday night)
Friday, Sept. 16
Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Friday night)
Saturday, Sept. 17
Paralympic Games Afternoon*
3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)

Paralympic Games Primetime*
8 p.m. ET (Live in Ontario and east, 8 p.m. local to the west)

Paralympic Games Wrap-Up**
12 a.m. (Local, Saturday night)
Sunday, Sept. 18
Paralympic Games Afternoon*
2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT)

Closing Ceremony*
6 p.m. ET (Live in Ontario and east, 6 p.m. local to the west)

*Also available with described video on AMI-tv
**Also available on Sportsnet ONE at 7 a.m. the following day

For French-language audiences, official broadcaster Radio-Canada and AMI télé, through the Paralympic Broadcast Consortium, are also planning unprecedented coverage, featuring more than 40 hours of television coverage and 650 hours of online streaming.

Programming scheduled by ICI Radio-Canada Télé includes: the Opening Ceremony, hosted by Marie-José Turcotte with Philippe Gagnon, presented on ICI Radio-Canada Télé on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11 p.m. ET. A special Paralympics presentation will be broadcast on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The Closing Ceremony will also be hosted by Marie-José Turcotte with Philippe Gagnon on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 12 a.m. ET.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Marie-José Turcotte will host the action live from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET. And throughout the Games, Jean St-Onge will report from Rio every evening from Sept. 8 to 17, airing Monday to Friday at 11 p.m. ET and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Radio-Canada's Rio 2016 Paralympic Games broadcast schedule (all times ET):

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Opening Ceremony
11 p.m. ET
Thursday, Sept. 8
Jean St-Onge reporting
11 p.m. ET
Friday, Sept. 9
Opening Ceremony highlights
9 p.m. ET

Jean St-Onge reporting
11 p.m. ET
Saturday, Sept. 10
Live coverage hosted by Marie-Josée Turcotte
2-5 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 11
Live coverage hosted by Marie-Josée Turcotte
2-5 p.m. ET

Jean St-Onge reporting
10:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Sept. 12
Jean St-Onge reporting
11 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Jean St-Onge reporting
11 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Jean St-Onge reporting
11 p.m. ET
Thursday, Sept. 15
Jean St-Onge reporting
11 p.m. ET
Friday, Sept. 16
Jean St-Onge reporting
11 p.m. ET
Saturday, Sept. 17
Live coverage hosted by Marie-Josée Turcotte
2-5 p.m. ET

Jean St-Onge reporting live
10:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 18
Live coverage hosted by Marie-Josée Turcotte
2-5 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 18
Closing Ceremony
12 a.m. ET

Follow the French-language action online at ICI.Radio-Canada.ca/paralympiques and on social media at @RC_Sports and facebook.com/radiocanada.sports.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee has partnered with Facebook Canada to provide Canadian fans a platform for them to interact while they tune into Live Team Canada moments via Team Canada Facebook @cdnparalympics. Over 20 million Canadians use Facebook on a monthly basis.

Team Canada's @CDNparalympic and @CDNparalympique will feature Live clips on its Twitter feed so users on the go can watch some of Canada's top moments unfold.



About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: Paralympic.ca
About CBC/Radio-Canada
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Centennial College sports journalism students travel to Rio to cover the 2016 Paralympic Games

Canadians will get the chance to continue cheering for Team Canada when the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games open on September 7.
A team of 15 students from the post-graduate Sports Journalism program at Toronto's Centennial College will be in Rio to share the stories of Canada's Paralympians and contribute content to multiple media outlets in Canada.

In addition, five students have been selected to join the Canadian Paralympic Committee on an internship with its multi-media content team and will work closely with the organization, providing content to Canadian Paralympic Broadcast Consortium platforms including paralympic.ca, cbcsports.ca/paralympics and Facebook Live.

"We're very pleased with the calibre of the sports journalism students joining our content team for Rio," said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "We are looking forward to supporting them in gaining invaluable professional experience while at the same time leveraging their talents to help us enhance awareness of the Canadian Paralympic Team through unparalleled storytelling across multiple platforms."
Another group of Centennial students will produce a daily internet television show featuring some of the action at the Paralympics, using the broadcast facilities at Centennial's Story Arts Centre in East York (visit: www.torontoobserver.ca).

"Our program's long-time belief in experiential learning has taken an extra step this time with our Paralympics project," says Sports Journalism program coordinator Malcolm Kelly. "When you bring students out of the classroom and put them in a situation where they cover a real event, it speeds up the learning process tremendously."

Seasoned journalist and professor Tim Doyle, who runs the journalism programs at Centennial, will accompany the students to Rio, where they will enjoy full access to all of the Paralympic events and facilities. The games run from September 7 to 18.
Kathy Barnes, formerly a senior editor at Sportsnet Connected, along with Canadian Olympic medalist and sports commentator Debbi Wilkes, are producing the online broadcasts from the campus newsroom in Toronto. It will feature highlights of Paralympic events, interviews with athletes, medal ceremonies and features produced by the college students.

The Paralympics, launched in the United Kingdom in 1948 as the Stoke-Mandeville Games, brings together thousands of world-class athletes from around the globe every four years to compete in events ranging from athletics and swimming, to wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling and more.

Approximately 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio to compete in 526 Paralympic medal events in 22 different sports. Para-canoe and para-triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time.

"The Paralympic Games are a dynamic sporting event full of compelling stories and one of the things we hope to do is help bring the stories of these Canadian heroes back to their country, and indeed around the world," Kelly says. "We will be focusing on these athletes as world-class performers in their own right."

RIO 2016: Canadian Paralympic Committee announces Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

It is with great excitement and pride that the Canadian Paralympic Committee today announced the athletes and coaches who will make up Team Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, to be held Sept. 7 to 18.
 
Canada will bring a total of 162 athletes to compete in 19 sports, including the two new Paralympic sports of para-triathlon and para-canoe.
 
The complete list of Team Canada athletes and coaches is available at: paralympic.ca/team-canada-rio-2016.
 
Team Canada is led by Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal, Que. and Assistant Chef de Mission Norm O'Reilly, originally of Lindsay, Ont.
 
"Congratulations to this entire group of dedicated, world-class athletes and coaches who have worked relentlessly to earn the honor of representing Canada in Rio," said Petitclerc. "I know that our Canadian contingent is prepared, focused and ready to take on the challenge of Team Canada's performance goal of placing in the top 16 nations in the total medal count."
 
Team Canada includes seven athletes recently added as a result of additional quota spots due to Russia not participating at these Games: swimmers Camille Bérubé (Gatineau, Que.), Zack McAllister (Lethbridge, Alta.), Jean-Michel Lavallière (Quebec City, Que.) and Danial Murphy (Bedford, N.S.); wheelchair fencer Mathieu Hébert (Valleyfield, Que.); and road cycling tandem Shawna Ryan (Saskatoon, Sask.) and pilot Joanie Caron (Rimouski, Que.).
 
FUN FACTS: Team Canada's oldest athlete is 59-year-old table tennis player Stephanie Chan (Vancouver, B.C.) while the youngest athlete is 13-year-old swimmer Danielle Doris (Moncton, N.B.). The most accomplished athlete on Team Canada heading to Rio is swimmer Benoit Huot, with 19 Paralympic medals. The Rio-bound athlete who has competed at the most Paralympic Games is wheelchair basketball player Tracey Ferguson, for whom Rio will be her seventh Paralympic Games.
 
PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWN BY WHERE ATHLETES ARE FROM: British Columbia (33), Alberta (19), Saskatchewan (6), Manitoba (2), Ontario (49), Quebec (41), New Brunswick (3), Nova Scotia (5), Newfoundland and Labrador (3), outside Canada (1).
IPC announces 2016 Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame inductees - including Chantal Petitclerc
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced five individuals who will be inducted into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Athletes Junichi Kawai, Chantal Petitclerc, Franz Nietlispach and the late Neroli Susan Fairhall will be inducted on Sept. 9, along with coach inductee Martin Morse.

Launched in 2006, by founding partner Visa, the Paralympic Hall of Fame aims to recognise retired athletes and coaches who have a track record of excellent athletic performance, history of fair play and participation in community activities.

With this year's induction coinciding with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, only athletes and coaches involved in summer sports were considered.

"Visa is honoured to recognise the individual achievements of this year's five inductees into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame," said Eduardo Coello, Group Executive of Visa Inc. for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. "Coach Morse, Junichi, Chantal, Franz, and Neroli share Visa's commitment to acceptance, displaying it in their individual communities and sport throughout their entire lives.

"We're excited to honour them as they join other elite athletes in the Hall of Fame."

Kawai is Japan's most successful male Para swimmer after amassing 21 medals, including five golds, over six Paralympic Games between 1992 and 2012. Amid his athletic career, Kawai also founded the Paralympians Association of Japan in 2003.

Following Kawai's retirement from the pool, he was appointed as President of the Japanese Para Swimming Federation. Kawai was also the first blind teacher to work at an able-bodied school in Japan. He is currently a motivational speaker, University lecturer and Vice Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Athletes' Commission.

"Being induced into the Hall of Fame means receiving honour with all the people who supported me, and also serve [an honour to serve] as a representative for Japan and Asia," Kawai said.

"All six Paralympic Games are unforgettable. But I clearly felt the passion of the Paralympics at my first Games in Barcelona," Kawai added. "That experience and feeling of receiving each of my five gold medals are the driving force for me today to keep the Movement going [especially into Tokyo 2020]."

Petitclerc is the most-decorated female track Paralympian, winning 21 medals, 14 being gold. The Canadian made her Paralympic debut at Barcelona 1992, and went on to compete in four further editions. In her last Games at Beijing 2008, Petitclerc closed her athletic career with a statement - she won every track title from 100m through to 1,500m T54, for the second time in a row, breaking world records along the way. She still holds the world record in the 200m T54.

Petitclerc is Team Canada's Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

"It is a great honour to be inducted and join this group of amazing athletes," Petitclerc said. "Sport was a big part of my life as an athlete, and it was a privilege to achieve my goals as an athlete. To get recognition for this on top, it's even better.

"I believe in the power of sport to change lives, to make people better, and to empower. Sport has given me so much, I feel it is only fair that I give back to sport the best that I can."

Switzerland's multi-talented Nietlispach competed in nine Paralympics between 1976 and 2008, across athletics, handcycling and table tennis, collecting 14 gold medals.

Nieltlispach dominated wheelchair racing, both on the track and in the marathon. At Athens 2004, he claimed his 23rd and final medal, which was a bronze in the handcycle time trial.
The Swiss is currently a motivational speaker, sports marketier and founder of "carbonbike," the world's leading producer of handcycles.

"First of all, I would like to thank you for inducting me into the Visa Hall of Fame," Nieltlispach said. "It is a big honour and gives me a great reason to come to Rio and meet all the athletes and friends again. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity to share all the good memories I got since my first Paralympic Games 40 years ago in 1976.

"As I see it, sport is a perfect platform to reintegrate disabled athletes into society. Successful wheelchair athletes are role models."

The USA's Morse served as the head coach for the University of Illinois Wheelchair Track and Road Racing Team from 1981-2004, a time that saw his athletes win 52 Paralympic medals.
Twelve years after stepping down as head coach, the University of Illinois continues to produce some of the top wheelchair racers, many who are competing in Rio 2016.

Morse also invented the Harness Wheelchair Racing Glove, a glove to lower the risk of acute and chronic injuries and improve athlete performance. He also developed the "Illinois Para-Backhand Stroke," providing a substantive analysis and explanation of wheelchair racing technique.

"This award is the culmination of the work ethic instilled in me by parents, Everett and Eleanor Morse, following an off-road motorcycle accident in 1975 which left me with an incomplete spinal cord injury," Morse said. "While completing my rehabilitation at Boston University Medical Centre, I read an article about the wheelchair sports programme at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I wanted to coach distance runners and wheelchair athletes, however I wanted to approach my coaching from a science background."

Morse also thanked his mentors Dr. Bradley Hedrick and Dr. Stephen Figoni; working with then-athlete Sharon Hedrick; physical therapists Dr. Anne Hart and Tim Millikan; his wife Karen and his two sons Steven and Sam.

New Zealand's ever-talented Fairhall will be inducted posthumously. She competed in athletics and archery in her first two Paralympic Games in 1972 and 1980. But it was archery where she excelled the most, taking the gold at Arnhem 1980. Four years later, she became the first athlete with an impairment to compete in the Olympics, finishing 35th at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Honing her skills in archery, Fairhall went on to compete at the 1988 and 2000 Paralympics.
She was awarded an Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II and the prestigious New Zealand Olympic Committee Lonsdale Cup in 1982 in recognition of the archery gold medal she won at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games, where she was also the first athlete with an impairment to compete in those Games.

Fairhall passed away in 2006 at age 61.

"Neroli is still a recognised household name in New Zealand despite her death in 2006," said Carol Hicks, Judges Commission at Archery New Zealand and Chairperson at World Archery. "Even perfect strangers, when hearing I'm involved in archery, [I] immediately remember 'that fantastic lady in the wheelchair' and her outstanding achievements. Neroli was a very popular motivational speaker and inspired all New Zealanders. In particular, her achievements have set the foundations for the ever growing number and depth of talented Paralympians and Para athletes in New Zealand today."

Nominations were received from IPC members and from the general public. A selection committee was appointed to review the nominations and develop a shortlist. The IPC Governing Board then voted who to induct.

Nominees must have participated in a minimum of two Paralympic Games and must have won a number of medals, either directly or, in the case of a coach, through the athlete or team they coached. The nominees must have been inactive in the Paralympic Games at least four years, or not have competed or coached since London 2012.
Statement - Canadian Paralympic Committee reacts to Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling
Today the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced it has dismissed an appeal by the Russian Paralympic Committee against its suspension by the International Paralympic Committee.

The suspension means that Russian athletes are not eligible to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games set for Sept. 7 to 18.

Following the CAS panel's decision, the IPC will now work with International Federations to redistribute the 267 slots that had been secured by Russian athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee released the following statement in response to the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling:

"This ban sends a strong message to the Paralympic community that doping has no place in sport.

We await confirmation from the IPC of any additional slot allocation.

We have a strong plan in place to ensure that any new additional athlete to Team Canada is quickly on-boarded. Team Canada's final roster will be announced Aug. 29.

We remain focused on delivering a performance-based environment for all Team Canada athletes and coaches for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games."

- Gaétan Tardif, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee



Bruno Garneau added to Boccia team for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The Canadian Paralympic Committee and Boccia Canada have announced an update to the boccia team that will compete for Team Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
 
Bruno Garneau (Montreal, Que.) has been added to the Canadian boccia team.
 
Garneau replaces Paul Gauthier (Vancouver, B.C.), who is unable to compete in Rio due to injury.
 
Garneau competes in the BC3 division and most recently won a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games in mixed pairs with teammates Paul Gauthier and Éric Bussière. A London 2012 Paralympian, Garneau is a veteran of the sport and has been a national team member since 2010.
 
"It's unfortunate that Paul will not be able to compete with us in Rio." said Head Coach Mario Delisle. "Paul has been a leader in our program for 20 years and this would have been his sixth Paralympic Games. We are lucky though, to have a player of Bruno's calibre, ready to step up for Canada."

OLYMPIC GAMES


Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the closing of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the closing of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

"As the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics draw to a close, I would like to thank all athletes from around the world for making these such exciting games.

"On behalf of the whole country, I congratulate Canadian athletes on your remarkable achievements. We know your success would not have been possible without the tremendous support of your coaches, support teams, families, friends, and communities. We are very proud of all of you.

"During the past 19 days, Canadian Olympians – both veterans and newcomers – produced many memorable Olympic moments.

"Canadians, especially our young women and girls, were incredibly inspired by our female Olympians who were a force to be reckoned with throughout the Games. I know the impact of our athletes' accomplishments will live on and be replayed in playgrounds and on sport fields for many, many years to come.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my thanks and congratulations to Brazil for hosting a wonderful Olympic Games. We eagerly look forward to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, starting on September 7, 2016, where incredible athleticism from around the world will once more be on display."

  Penny Oleksiak becomes Canada’s youngest ever Olympic Flag Bearer at Closing Ceremony

Canadian Olympic Committee President, Tricia Smith, congratulated Team Canada athletes on winning 22 medals at Rio 2016, (4 gold, 3 silver and 15 bronze), matching the country’s best-ever medal count in a non-boycotted summer Games in Atlanta 1996, but surpassing the number of gold medals won during those Games.

Smith stated at the COC’s closing press conference that the athletes’ success at these Games confirms that Canada is on the right track. She also noted the tremendous success of female athletes who won 16 of those medals, the first time in 40 years that women will have won the majority of medals.
  The team enjoyed better than expected success at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, with female swimmers putting an end to a 20-year drought to capture six medals. The medal haul was led by Penny Oleksiak, who stood on the podium four times at Rio 2016. The athletics team also stepped up to clinch six medals with historic performances. Andre De Grasse became the first Canadian to ever win medals in the three sprint events at one Games: bronze in the 100m, silver in the 200m and bronze with Team Canada in the 4x100m relay. High jumper Derek Drouin also made history when he became the first Canadian in 84 years to win Olympic gold in a field event, while Damian Warner and Brianne Theisen-Eaton made remarkable breakthroughs in the combined events.

In addition, Rosie MacLennan became the first Canadian athlete to successfully defend a gold medal at the summer Games. Erica Wiebe won Canada’s third ever Olympic gold in wrestling. The women’s rugby sevens team captured bronze in the Olympic debut of their sport while the women’s soccer team returned to the podium for a second straight Games.

Chef de Mission Curt Harnett also announced that Penny Oleksiak, the first Canadian in history to win four medals in a single summer Olympic Games, has been selected as Canada’s Flag Bearer for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony. The event will take place at Rio’s Maracanã Stadium.

Few could have predicted that the 16-year-old Oleksiak would reach such incredible heights in her first Olympic Games. With a gold medal and Olympic record in the women’s 100m freestyle, a silver in the women’s 100m butterfly, and bronze medals in both the women’s 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays, Oleksiak authored one of the greatest performances in Canadian Olympic history, and in doing so, captured the hearts of the nation.

 

Team Canada stays warm in Rio with 8th edition of iconic Olympic Red Mittens

​Hudson's Bay Company's 8th edition of its Red Mittens made their striking debut at tonight's Closing Ceremonies in Rio, with Team Canada showing off the new pair. The Red Mitten has become the nation's most iconic symbol of Canadian Olympic pride and the source of millions of dollars in direct athlete funding through the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF).

Canada won a total of 22 Olympic medals this summer Games, highlighting the continued success of this fundraising program in helping both summer and winter athletes achieve their goals. Money raised from the Red Mittens helps provide Canadian Olympians and next generation athletes with access to elite coaching, equipment, sport medicine, nutrition and other high-performance resources that make up a world-class daily training environment.

"It was a thrill to see Team Canada wearing the nation's colours from head to toe to hands at the Closing Ceremonies, celebrating a successful Games," said Liz Rodbell, President, Hudson's Bay. "Now in their 8th year, the mittens have raised more than $29 million to date. Making their latest debut on the world stage solidifies the Red Mittens iconic status as a symbol of Canadian pride and demonstrates our warm culture with the world."

"Thank you to Hudson's Bay for continuing to support Canadian athletes with their 8th edition of the Red Mittens," said Chris Overholt, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee. "The Red Mittens generate millions of dollars for Canada's athletes, which helps pave the road to their success on the field of play. I encourage Canadians to go out and buy a pair in support of their sporting heroes."

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, the 2017 Red Mitten design honours our beautiful nation with a nod to the flag. Colour blocked in red and white, the iconic maple leaf is embroidered on the palm and back of the mitten, to make a bold, patriotic statement. The Red Mittens are available in "infant" to "adult" size, allowing the whole family to showcase their Canadian pride. The Red Mittens continue to be a coveted collectable that makes a colourful and useful gift, while supporting a great cause. The mittens will retail for $15 and a portion of the sale will go towards the Canadian Olympic Foundation.  

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Athletics Canada nominates 24 athletes to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games


The athletes nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team are as follows:
Para-athletics team
Male athletes
 
Name Hometown Classification Event(s) Coach(es)
*Josh Cassidy Port Elgin, ON T54 800m/1500m/5000m Jenny Archer/Amanda Fader
Mitchell Chase Pickering, ON T38 1500m Craig Blackman
Shayne Dobson Campbellton, NB T37 1500m Jean-Marc Doiron
*Jason Dunkerley Ottawa, ON T11 1500m Ian Clark
*Alex Dupont Clarenceville, QC T54 400m/800m/1500m/4x400m Rick Reelie
*Josh Karanja Ottawa, ON   Guide runner for Jason Dunkerley Ian Clark
*Brent Lakatos Dorval, QC T53 100m/400m/800m/4x400m  
Jean-Philippe Maranda Ste-Aurélie, QC T53 100m/400m/800m/4x400m Rick Reelie
*Alister McQueen Calgary, AB F44 Javelin Kim Cousins
Guillaume Ouellet Victoriaville, QC T13 1500m/5000m Félix-Antoine Lapointe
Austin Smeenk Oakville, ON T34 100m/800m Ken Thom
Tristan Smyth Maple Ridge, BC T54 1500m/4x400m Kelly Smith
Liam Stanley Victoria, BC T37 1500m Bruce Deacon
Kevin Strybosch London, ON F37 Discus John Allan
*Curtis Thom Mississauga, ON T54 400m/4x400m Bob Schrader
 
Female athletes
 
Jenn Brown Calgary, AB F38 Discus Kim Cousins
*Ilana Dupont Saskatoon, SK T53 100m/400m/800m Rick Reelie
Eva Fejes Salt Spring Island, BC   Sport Assistant for Ness Murby  
Renée Foessel Orangeville, ON F38 Discus Ken Hall
Pamela LeJean Cape Breton, NS F53 Shot put Ueli Albert
Ness Murby Salt Spring Island, BC F11 Discus Sheldan Gmitroski
Marissa Papaconstantinou Toronto, ON T44 100m/200m Geoff Standen
*Diane Roy Sherbrooke, QC T54 400m/800m/1500m/5000m Jean Laroche
*Michelle Stilwell Parksville, BC T52 100m/400m Peter Lawless
 
*Denotes previous Paralympic Games experience
 
The nominated athletes will be supported by the following staff:
Staff
 
Peter Eriksson Ottawa, ON Head Coach
Kristine Deacon Cambridge, ON Team Manager
Kayla Cornale Toronto, ON Assistant Manager
Ingrid Ruys Sherwood Park, AB Family & Friends Manager
Félix-Antoine Lapointe Québec, QC Coach - Endurance
Kim Cousins Calgary, AB Coach - Throws
John Allan Toronto, ON Coach - Throws
Kelly Smith Lake Country, BC Coach - Wheelchair
Rick Reelie Saskatoon, SK Coach - Wheelchair
Andrea Stephan Toronto, ON Physiotherapist
Duriell Bernard Vancouver, BC Chiropractor
Robert Lee Toronto, ON Massage Therapist
Alvin Bodnarchuk Saskatoon, SK Massage Therapist

Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee have announced the nomination of 24 athletes for selection to Team Canada for this September's Paralympic Games in Rio.
 
The team is headlined by multiple Paralympic medallists Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, B.C., and Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., along with world champion Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que.
 
"Our nominated athletes in para-athletics bring world-class accomplishments and exciting potential to the Rio 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team," said Team Canada's Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. "I know that all our athletes and coaches are making the most of these final few weeks of preparation before the Games as they work towards a peak performance in Rio. I can't wait to cheer them on at the start line in September."
 
At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Canada's athletics team won nine medals, led by Lakatos with three silvers (200-metres, 400-metres and 800-metres). The 36-year-old Lakatos has also earned 12 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship podiums (including seven golds) and three Parapan American Games gold medals.
 
"I can't wait for Rio," said Lakatos. "These are my fourth Paralympic Games, and each one has been so different. Athens was a blur, Beijing was bitter disappointment and London was my first taste of the podium. This will be the first time I head in as a favorite."
 
Stilwell, the team's lone gold medallist at London 2012, won gold in the T52 classification wheelchair 200-metres and silver in the 100-metres. Jason Dunkerley and guide Josh Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., won silver in the T11 visually impaired 5000-metres and bronze in the 1500-metres. Guillaume Ouellet will make his Paralympic Games debut as the reigning world champion in the T13 classification 5000-metres, while Rio will mark Diane Roy's sixth Paralympic Games, an impressive career that has seen her win five Paralympic Games medals overall.
 

Medaled arts competitions & ArtsGames performances launched in Rio

The ArtsGames established its international presence and showcased its experience in producing arts and entertainment events at Olympic Games for 20 years, by staging a memorable performance yesterday in Rio, proof that arts and sports are two areas that fit together perfectly, as vehicles of peace, cross-cultural understanding and excellence.

Just a few kilometers away from the Olympic Village, music, arts and sports enthusiasts got to see a performance rich in emotion in the very heart of the Rio Media Center (RMC). It was also a great opportunity for the internationally renowned commissioners representing high-caliber artistic federations from around the world, such as the International Jazz Festival Organization (IJFO), the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC), the International Dance Organization (IDO) and the newly formed ArtsGames International Drumming Federation, to be introduced to the press.

Brazil as a start line!
Rio de Janeiro was the obvious choice for launching the ArtsGames on an international scale because it was founded by Olympian Sylvia Sweeney, Olympian executives and supporters. It is also set up using the same model as the International Olympic Committee. To celebrate culture, artists working in various disciplines delivered a highly colorful performance that included the world renowned percussionist Sheila E., Oliver Jones' trio, Queen Ka, Florence K, Alex DePue, Miguel De Hoyos, as well as the young prodigy Daniel Clarke Bouchard.

The ArtsGames in 5 points:

The objective of the ArtsGames is to cast a net around the world's greatest artists and entertainers who wish to elevate their nation to the highest step of the podium;
The first nation vs nation, multidisciplinary medaled arts competition;

For the first edition, five art forms representing 33 disciplines will be presented in dance, music, media arts, visual arts and literature;

Qualifying rounds for select categories will start with online auditions in fall 2016. The 2017 ArtsGames Auditions are the final qualifying rounds for all categories, and the winners will advance to the 2018 ArtsGames;

ArtsGames competitions will be held every two years in bid-winning cities throughout the world
​Canadian Paralympic Committee applauds IPC decision to suspend the Russian Paralympic Committee 
Suspension means Russia is ineligible to compete in Rio

August 7, 2016, OTTAWA - Today the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that it has suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee, effective immediately, for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular the obligation to comply with and abide by the IPC Anti-Doping Code and World Anti-Doping Code.

The suspension means that Russian athletes are not eligible to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games set for Sept. 7 to 16. 

The IPC is now working with the relevant International Federations to determine how the 267 slots Russian athletes had secured across 18 sports for Rio 2016 can be potentially redistributed. The redistribution will not be confirmed until after all potential appeals from Russia are concluded, which could take up to 21 days.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee released the following statement in response to the IPC decision:

"The Canadian Paralympic Committee applauds the International Paralympic Committee's strong leadership and continued stance on ensuring that our movement upholds the values of clean sport and fair play.

We continue to remain focused on providing a high performance, distraction-free environment for Team Canada's Paralympic athletes who are getting ready to compete in Rio in September.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee will now assess the impact of this announcement as it relates to any additions to Team Canada's quota and will work with the affected national sport organizations to determine an action plan."-  Gaétan Tardif, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee

As Tourists Gather in Rio, Hello Pal Language App Gets the World Talking

Road to Revenue

The user growth of the platform and many other social messaging apps like it, tends to be exponential. As social influencers become heavy users, they have the ability to convert many others to using the platform over other similar apps.

Now that the app is starting to achieve respectable market penetration numbers, the future revenue models of the company will start to become more and more applicable.

The company plans to usher in paid VIP memberships on monthly, quarterly or yearly plans. The VIP experience would include full phrasebooks, no translation limits, and an overall more premium experience for the user. Other fee based add-ons such as stickers and premium phrasebooks will be available for subscribers and non-subscribers.

As well, the company has many advertising/sponsorship possibilities they can choose to activate. So far Hello Pal has refrained from in-app advertising as it continues to grow out its user base.

Most likely, however, will the app be used by language instructors, who will have the option of offering their services and charging fees, which Hello Pal will be entitled to also capitalize on for facilitating the transaction.

Either way, as the app which so far has held a respectable 4-star rating averaged over close to 8,000 reviews in the Play Store, and the user base continues to grow, so does the user experience. With more users to chat with, the platform gains strength.

With little promotion so far, and without yet having been a featured app on either the Android or iOS app stores, Hello Pal's trajectory has yet to truly take off towards its potential.

As the Rio Olympics continue on, it can be certain that there will be several phrases learned in new languages before the games close. With practice through a platform like Hello Pal, closing that language gap just got a little faster.
For travellers in adventuring out of their comfort zones to major international events, such as the ongoing Olympic Summer Games happening right now in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, language barriers can be enormous.

Whether it's asking for the WiFi password from the concierge in Portuguese, or inviting that cute group of French tourists out to join you for drinks after the medal ceremonies for the evening end; having another language at your disposal can be crucial and advantageous for even the most casual globetrotters.

In the age of smart phones, many of these language gaps are being overcome with online translator apps like Apple Inc.'s [NASDAQ: AAPL] iTranslate, or Alphabet Inc.'s [NASDAQ: GOOGL] Google Translate, and World Lens (acquired in 2014 when Google bought Quest Visual to integrate the software into Google Translate). Even social media giant Facebook[NASDAQ: FB] with its in-platform translating, and internet icon Yahoo [NASDAQ: YHOO] with its BabelFish function have opened up communication between different cultures and language speakers.

However, in terms of actually communicating with another native speaker of a language, these apps and platforms don't seem to utilize or generate real-time usability to really encourage a person to truly learn a language.

Enter Hello Pal, the social messaging app, designed around language learning. In the app, users are connected with speakers of many languages around the world, and to learn new languages by actually talking.

The Upper Echelon

The developers of the app, Hello Pal International [OTCMKTS:HLLPF] [HP:CSE], are built around founder/developer KL Wong, and superstar Chinese venture capitalist Hans Xu.

Wong's successes with education software go back to 2008, with the development of BrillKids (short for Brilliant Kids), which teaches babies as young as one-year-old how to read, play music, and solve mathematic equations. Backed by the same development team as BrillKids, Wong has put together Hello Pal in the hopes of repeating the critical acclaim, and eclipsing the financial success.

Achieving the backing of Xu, is a major benefit for the Hello Pal team. Xu's New Margin Venture group is one of China's largest venture capital firms, managing over USD $3 billion in funds, both in and outside China. As a major shareholder of Hello Pal, Xu is committed to seeing Hello Pal succeed and grow, much like most of his portfolio. And yes, New Margin is also invested in the project.

Xu's and New Margin's influence will likely be the main difference maker for Hello Pal, as their collective portfolio is filled with highly successful technology, mobile and internet based investments.

The combination of Wong's innovative genius with BrillKids, and Xu's New Margin successes makes for a very interesting prospect ahead. These are dedicated builders, devoted to seeing Hello Pal truly take off.

User Heaven

Compared to famous language platforms such as US-based Rosetta Stone or the Rocket Language based out of New Zealand, Hello Pal has a social advantage in their interpersonal user experience. No longer is reciting lines about black cats sitting on tables, users are picking up new language skills in real-time conversations, with real people.

As well, given its Chinese origins, Hello Pal is already taking off in Asian markets, who tend to be market drivers in software engagement. People of all age groups, nationalities, and language goals have signed on to learn their language of choice with other native speakers.

Hello Pal users derive their learning from actually speaking the words and phrases, as opposed to repetition learning. It's a messaging app, complete with filters to help the user select their other-language counterparts.

Without really any promotion so far to speak of, the popularity of Hello Pal has already significantly grown in an organic way.

As of as recently as June, the company had 620,000 users (566,000 Android/53,500 iOS), and has been adding at a clip of 3,500-4,000 new daily users.

Now the project seems to be gearing up for the next wave, as it announced the release of Hello Pal version 3.0, which now comes complete with video and audio calling capability.

"Voice and video calling is a key feature for us, as it allows conversations between users to be more personal," said KL Wong in a recent news release.

"We hope this takes us one step further towards helping to break down language and cultural barriers between people, in line with our corporate mission."
World-Renown Artists Oliver Jones and Sheila E. Join Forces in Rio in Support of the ArtsGames Along with Representatives from More Than 1,000 International Arts Competitions
The International ArtsGames Committee gains enormous momentum in its aspiration to provide artists with as many benefits as the Olympics provides athletes. Oliver Jones and Sheila E. will participate in a unique multidisciplinary artistic showcase presented at the Rio Media Center (RMC) on Thursday, August 11, at 8 pm. They are sharing the stage with other world-renown artists such as prodigy Daniel Clarke Bouchard, Florence K and Queen Ka. Representatives from world-renown arts competitions -- structured like sports federations such as FIFA, FIBA and FINA -- will attend the press conference, the same day at 10 am.

Launching the first multidisciplinary nation vs nation medaled arts competitions; the ArtsGames' objective is to aggregate the top arts competitions in the world. It will provide a global platform upon which the world's greatest artists and entertainers will attempt to elevate their nations to the highest step on the podium in five different art forms: dance, media arts, visual arts, literature and music. Montreal will be the host city of the inaugural 2018 ArtsGames.

International stars weigh in to support the ArtsGames

Oliver Jones is best known for stepping into the shoes of the late jazz legend Oscar Peterson. His career extends over seven decades. Born in Montréal, his talent was quickly recognized as he crossed cultural borders to become another Canadian ambassador of excellence. Awarded by both the Order of Canada and the Order of Quebec. He takes his final curtain call this year, announcing his retirement, after an exceptional career including the release of an impressive 23 albums. Oliver Jones, one of the most influential Canadian artists of his generation, has left a legacy that is sure to be celebrated for years to come.

The multitalented Sheila E. has shared the stage with some of the biggest names of the music industry, from Prince to Marvin Gaye and Herbie Hancock. Involved with community initiatives for decades through the Elevate Hope Foundation, which she co-founded, Sheila E. joins forces with the ArtsGames to demonstrate the excellence that exists in all cultures.