GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Let the Games begin!
An excited Team Canada entered the stadium this evening to celebrate the
official opening of the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games in
Resplendent in red and white, led by flag bearer Dave Durepos
(Fredericton, NB) of the powerhouse men's wheelchair basketball squad,
members of Team Canada wheeled and walked in to Telmex Athletics
Stadium behind teams from Argentina, Bermuda and Brazil.
"The Opening Ceremony is a very special moment," said David Legg,
President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Every athlete, coach
and team member experiences an intense feeling of pride as a sea of red
and white flags are waved by the spectators and loud cheers erupt as
they enter the stadium. This is the start of the 2011 Parapan American
Games, and I know our athletes will proudly represent Canada and rise
to the challenge of giving everything they can to reach the podium."
The Canadian team includes 121 athletes and 11 guides, pilots and sports
assistants, competing in 11 sports. The Parapan Am Games run Nov. 12 to
20.Competition starts Sunday morning, Nov. 13.
Canadians in action Sunday include (all times local - Central Time):
Men's wheelchair basketball team plays Colombia at 3:45 p.m.
Women's wheelchair basketball team plays Brazil at 11:15 a.m.
Men's goalball team plays the U.S. at 1:00 p.m.
Women's goalball team plays Brazil at 2:30 p.m.
Swimming straight finals starting at 4:00 p.m.: Christian Daniel
(Cochrane AB) Men's S6 400 Free; Zack McAllister (Lethbridge AB) Men's
S9 100 Fly; Kennedy Pasay (Leduc AB) Women's S9 100 fly; Chris
Sargeant-Tsonos (Kingston ON) S8 Men 100 Back; Megan Michie (Metcalfe,
ON) Women's S14 100 Breast; Jean-Sebastien Lapointe (Repentigny QC) Men
S7 400 Free; Danielle Kisser (Delta BC) Women's S6 400 Free; Nik
Tolgyesi (Kingston ON) Men's S6 400 Free; Adam Rahier (Nanaimo BC)
Men's S14 100 Breast; Kirstie Kasko (Okotoks AB) Women's S14 100
Breast; Maxime Rousselle (St-Alexandre QC) Men's S14 100 Breast; Dalton
Boon (Delta BC) Men's S14 100 Breast; Jana Murphy (Victoria BC) Women's
S14 100 Breast.
Boccia: Starting at 10:00, BC1 Brock Richardson (Brampton ON) and Keven
Smith-Worthylake (Ottawa ON) play against each other. Competing at
11:00 are BC2 Dave Richer (Ste-Julie QC) and Adam Dukovich (London ON)
against opponents to be determined. At 12:00 BC3 Paul Gauthier
(Vancouver BC) and Martin Dubois (Gatineau QC) play against opponents
to be determined. 1:30 BC4 Marco Dispaltro (Ste-Jerome QC) plays
against Caroline Vietnieks (Vancouver BC). Josh van der Vies (Sarnia
ON) plays against an opponent to be determined.
Cycling: Competing in the time trial: Daniel Chalifour (Lac-des-écorces,
QC) -visually impaired; Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) - visually
impaired; Eric Bourgault (Orford, QC) - C4; Mathieu Parent (Granby QC)
- C2; Jaye Milley (Calgary AB) - C1; Marie-Claude Molnar (Ste-Adèle QC)
- C4; Rico Morneau (Ste-Martine, QC) - H3; Myriam Adam
(St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) - H2; Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin
(Ste-Claire QC) - T2; Marie-Eve Croteau (Québec QC) - T2; Shelley
Gautier (Toronto ON) - T1.
Table tennis, men's singles: 10:00 - Martin Pelletier (Gatineau QC);
10:40 a.m. - Barry Butler (Ottawa ON); 11:20 - Masoud Mojtahed (Austin
TX); 12:00 - Ian Kent (Welling AB). Women's singles: 10:40 a.m. -
Stephanie Chan (Richmond BC).
Wheelchair tennis singles - Joel Dembe (Toronto, ON) plays Ecuador at
5:00 p.m. and Philippe Bedard (Bromont, QC) plays Chile at 12:00 p.m.
"I am very excited that opening day has finally come for all of our
athletes in Guadalajara," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport). "As Canada's athletes participate in the Opening
Ceremony, Canadians everywhere will once again be reminded that we are
truly a sporting nation. We are proud of all of our athletes, and I
wish them all the best."
For more information about Team Canada in Guadalajara, please visit www.paralympic.ca/guadalajara2011
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