With nine days to go before the start of the 2016 Summer Paralympics, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) have announced the names of the 162 athletes who will compete as Team Canada in Brazil.
There will be Canadian representation in the two new Paralympic sports of para-triathlon and paracanoe. In total Canada will have athletes competing in 19 of the 22 sports included in the Rio programme.
The banning of the Russian team from the Games has opened up seven qualification spots for Canadians. The recent additions to the Canadian team are:
- Camille Bérubé (Gatineau, Que.) – Swimming
- Zack McAllister (Lethbridge, Alta.) – Swimming
- Jean-Michel Lavallière (Quebec City, Que.) – Swimming
- Danial Murphy (Bedford, N.S.) – Swimming
- Mathieu Hébert (Valleyfield, Que.) – Wheelchair Fencer
- Shawna Ryan (Saskatoon, Sask.) and pilot Joanie Caron (Rimouski, Que.)- Road cycling
Bérubé and McAllister competed at the 2012 London Paralympics, while Ryan was a member of the women’s goalball team at the 2008 Beijing Games. The other four late recruits are first-time Paralympians.
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).
The complete list of Team Canada athletes and coaches is available to view and download at: paralympic.ca/team-canada-rio-2016.
Report on Rio Paralympic Previews:
- Athletics Track (Sept. 5)
- Athletics Field (Sept. 7)
- Paracanoe (Sept. 4)
- Sailing (Sept. 3)
- Sitting Volleyball
- Table Tennis
- Wheelchair Fencing
- Men’s Wheelchair Basketball
- Women’s Wheelchair Basketball (Sept. 6)
- Wheelchair Rugby (Sept. 2)
- Wheelchair Tennis
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Photo credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee