GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Swimming and athletics led
the way for Canada on the second day of competition at the 2011 Parapan
American Games in Guadalajara today, combining for 13 medals - one
gold, four silver and eight bronze. The team now has earned 22 medals
Canadian swimmers continued the momentum they started yesterday, picking
up nine medals, while the track and field team had a stellar first day
of competition at these Games, winning four medals.
"It was awesome, so awesome," said David Greig, National Talent
Development Coach for Athletics Canada. "The athletes rose to the
occasion and along with the medals, we also had a number of Canadian
records and personal bests. It's such a young team and I'm very
For the second consecutive day, all four of Canada's team sports in
action today went undefeated - both men's and women's wheelchair
basketball and goalball.
The Canadian Athletics (track and field) Team opened competition today
with four medals and two new Canadian records. Isaiah Christophe of
Brampton, ON, Jackie Marciano of Halifax, NS, Kevin Strybosch of
London, ON and Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catharines, ON, all won medals
while Braedon Dolfo of Langley, BC, and Alister McQueen of Calgary, AB,
raced to new Canadian records.
Kevin Strybosch won silver, the team's first medal of the day, in the
men's F37 javelin. Strybosch's toss of 39.40 metres broke the Parapan
American Games record; however his performance was later surpassed
by Argentina's Leandro Ricci who took the gold with a throw of 39.46
On the track, Kyle Whitehouse and Isaiah Christophe took silver and
bronze respectively in the men's T38 and T54 classification 100-metre
finals. Whitehouse stopped the clock in 12.11 seconds behind Brazil's
Edson Pinheiro. Christophe's time of 16.04 secured bronze, he will now
turn his attention to the men's wheelchair 200-metre and 400-metre
Also on the track, Jackie Marciano won bronze in the men's amputee
400-metres final in a time of 57.13. Marciano was able to lean by Rob
Brown of the United States to secure a podium finish.
"I'm so happy, I just saw at the end he was dying so I leaned and
finished in third," said Marciano.
Rick Ball of Orillia, Ont., finished fifth in the race in a time of
In the men's visually-impaired 100-metres semi-final, Braedon Dolfo
placed second in a new Canadian record of 11.36 to secure a spot in
tomorrow evening's final.
"That was a good race for me, I feel confident going into tomorrow's
final," Dolfo said.
In the men's T44 100-metres final Alister McQueen finished fifth with a
new Canadian record of 11.89 seconds.
"I'm really happy, I broke my Canadian record and am only about a tenth
of a second away from the London 2012 standard," said McQueen.
He will now take to the field in the men's F44 javelin alongside
teammate Marciano on Thursday afternoon.
In the men's T12 400-metres semi-final the duo from Ottawa, Ont., of
Brandon King and guide runner Cody Boast stopped the clock at 55.12
seconds to secure a spot in tomorrow's final. The pair also finished
fourth place in their men's 100-metre semi-final in a time of 11.99
seconds. They will not advance to the final in that event. Courtney
Johnson and guide Brian Cummings of Ottawa, Ont., finished fourth in
their 100-metre semi-final in a new personal best of 11.93, but did not
qualify for the final.
Jacqueline Rennebohm of Regina, SK and guide runner Simon Hodge of
Toronto, ON, did not advance from the 100-metres semi-final, finishing
third in 14.31 seconds. The two will now focus on the women's
200-metre semi-final on Wednesday.
On the second day of round robin play, Canadian athletes showed up
strong and focused again. Caroline Vietnieks (BC4 - Delta, BC) won her
first game in the tournament 6-0 , while Marco Dispaltro (BC4 -
St-Jérôme, QC) knocked out his opponent with a 11-1 score, his second
win of the tournament.
"My objective is to win this tournament and make points to improve my
ranking," said Dispaltro. "I am now number eight in the world. If I win
here, I could make it to the top five."
Brock Richardson (BC1 - Brampton, ON) won his third game in the
tournament, by a score of 6-0. Adam Dukovich (BC2 - London, ON)
performed just as well by winning his two games today, for a total of
three wins in the tournament. Dave Richer (BC2 - Ste-Julie, QC)
succeeded in his first game, 6-1 against Brazil, but conceded his
second game to Jose Omar Marin, from Columbia.
In the BC3 category, Martin Dubois (Val-des-Monts, QC) and Paul Gauthier
(Vancouver, BC) both triumphed in their second game in the tournament
respectively 9-0 and 3-2.
Josh VanderVies (BC4 - Vancouver, BC) suffered a loss to Argentinan
opponent Jose Buzzo but will compete again Tuesday in round robin play.
Unfortunately, Keven Smyth-Worthylake (Ottawa, ON) will not be moving
on to the semi-finals, having lost his two games today in the BC1
Team Canada men's goalball defeated Argentina 14-9. Team veteran Mario
Caron (St-Eustache, QC) scored six goals, Brendan Gaulin (Vancouver,
BC) scored three, Bruno Haché (Dorval QC) scored three and rookie Ahmad
Zeividavi (Vancouver, BC) scored one goal - his first goal in
"It was a really good first half," said Gaulin. "We got a bit sloppy in
the second half, but we got a win out of it. We didn't give up on the
game, we kept fighting and we didn't let them take it over."
The Canadian women's goalball team defeated El Salvador 8-0. Cassandra
Orgeles (Nepean, ON) socred four goals, rookie Ashlie Andrews
(Penticton, BC) scored three goals - her first international goals -
and Jillian MacSween (Ottawa ON) scored one.
"It was a good game, an opportunity to give our rookies some
international experience, and they did really well," said women's head
coach Janice Dawson. "It was a slower-paced game than we're used to.
For Ashley to get her first international goals was great."
Kirstie Kasko of Okotoks, Alta., earned Canada's first gold medal in
swimming on Monday evening. It was another productive for day for the
Canadian swimmers with nine medal performances for a two-day total of
Kasko took top spot in the women's 200-metre freestyle in the S14 sport
class for athletes with an intellectual disability. She clocked two
minutes and 25.40 seconds with Beatriz Resendiz of Mexico second in
2:30.25 and Jana Murphy of Victoria third in 2:30.99. Meagan Michie of
Metcalfe, Ont., took eighth spot.
"I really wanted to show Canada what I could do,'' said Kasko, 19, who
bettered her personal best by four seconds. "This is my 13th year of swimming and I was aiming for something big. My legs were
strong and I cut down on my gliding with my arms.''
Canada collected two medals in two other races as well.
In the women's S9 100 breaststroke, Hanna Smith of Calgary and Kennedy
Pasay of Leduc, Alta., took silver and bronze respectively with Alicia
Denoon of Guelph, Ont., fourth.
"I thought I definitely had a good race,'' said Smith, 14, who beat her
personal best by six seconds. "This was my only race of the competition
and I felt some pressure to do really well. I really saw the
improvement coming over the past two weeks in training.''
Adam Rahier of Nanaimo, B.C., and Maxime Rousselle of St. Alexandre,
Que., were also second and third in the S14 100 freestyle with Dalton
Boon of Ladner, B.C., fifth.
Canada's other three medals were bronze earned by Danielle Kisser of
North Delta, B.C., in the women's S6 100 breaststroke with Jenna
Lambert of Kingston, Ont., eighth. Thomas Swinkels of Lower Sackville,
N.S., won bronze in the men's S9 100 breaststroke, with Micah Mykitiuk
of Toronto fifth. Chris Sergeant of Kingston, Ont., won a bronze medal
in the men's S8 50 freestyle.
"This was pretty awesome,'' said Swinkels, 17, who started swimming only
two years ago. "I never expected to win a medal. It gives me a lot of
confidence for the rest of the competition.''
Other Canadian finalists in men's competition were Nicolas-Guy Turbide
of Quebec City sixth in the S13 50 freestyle; Zack McAllister of
Lethbridge, Alta, Sergeant and Jean-Sébastien Lapointe of Repentigny,
Que., seventh, eighth and 10th in the S8 100 breaststroke. Nik Tolgyesi of Kingston and Chris Daniel
of Calgary were ninth and 10th in the S6 100 breaststroke.
For the women, Kisser was fifth in the S6 200 individual medley and
Catherine Mitchell of Winnipeg ninth in the S12 50 freestyle.
''It's a different dynamic to come here with a young group,'' said Craig
McCord, Swimming Canada's Para-swimming head coach. "'The kids have
stepped it up a notch, capitalized on their opportunities and are
In the second day of competition Stephanie Chan (Richmond, BC) won both
of her games, 3-0 over Analia Longhi of Argentina and 3-0 over Giselle
Munoz, also of Argentina. Chan advanced out of her group with a 2-1
record and earned a berth in the final, giving her a shot at gold in
tomorrow's Class 8 finals match.
"I was very nervous at the beginning and a bit scared, but I had a very
good warm up today with my teammates and my confidence came back and
showed in a pair of very successful wins," said Chan. "Especially
against Munoz who defeated me our last two meetings. I am excited to be
playing for a gold medal tomorrow."
Also playing for a gold medal tomorrow will be Ian Kent (Eastern
Passage, NS) who defeated Joao Fernando Martins of Brazil in a
thrilling 3-2 match to remain undefeated in the tournament (Class 8
Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) won his morning match 3-0 over Gerardo
Moncada of Costa Rica and advanced out his round. However, he lost his
quarter-final Class 7 match later in the day, 3-0 to Jose David Vargas
of Columbia, ending his singles competition. Mojtahed and Kent will
compete in the team event on Wednesday.
Martin Pelletier (Gatineau, ON) fell 3-0 to Jaime Jara of Chile in the
first match of the day while Barry Butler (Ottawa, ON) lost to Welder
Camargo of Brazil also by a 3-0 score to round out the day's matches.
Eric Dechaine (St. Lina, AB) and Mikael Bartholdy (Calgary, AB) closed
out Canada's 25-12, 25-21, 25-16 win over Colombia on Monday with
back-to-back blocks to open the men's sitting volleyball tournament at
the Parapan American Games.
The winner of this week's competition earns a ticket to the 2012
Paralympic Games in London.
Douglas Learoyd (Calgary, AB) led the Canadian attack with nine points
while Jose Rebelo (St-Hubert, PQ) added seven.
"It was a good start to the tournament,'' said Canada's head coach Ian
Halliday. ''It was an opportunity for everyone to contribute and
although it wasn't our cleanest match in terms of execution, we were
able to find a way to win and move forward.''
Canada plays twice on Tuesday with matches against the U.S. at 10 a.m.
(CST) and Mexico at 8 p.m. (CST).
The Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team cruised to a lopsided
54-18 victory over Argentina this afternoon. Canada got off to a great
start at both ends of the floor. The Canucks quickly found themselves
up 12-0 midway through the first quarter and never looked back.
Argentina didn't get their first basket until the 3:51 mark.
The trend would continue as the Canadian defense limited their opponents
to a meagre 17% shooting from the field. Offensively Canada once again
looked to Janet McLachlan (West Vancouver, BC) who scored a game-high
16 points in just 14:08 of court time. Katie Harnock (Elmira, ON)
chipped in with eight points.
The Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team ousted El Salvador 70-28.
Canada's starting lineup only needed five minutes to reach double
digits in scoring and by the end of the first quarter they stretched
their lead to 20-2 against an inexperienced El Salvador team. Canada's
superior speed and chair skills allowed them to limit their opponents
to just 12 field goals. They also hauled in 43 of the game's 69 total
Dave Durepos (Fredericton, NB), Canada's flag bearer at this year's
Parapan American Games opening ceremonies, showcased his range hitting
three out of five three-pointers. He led all players with 20 points and
also tied a game high 4 assists. Bo Hedges (Wonowon, BC) was the game's
top rebounder, claiming 11 boards.
Playing in the second round in men's singles this afternoon, Joel Dembe
(Toronto, ON) couldn't get past his Argentinian opponent. Dembe lost
"He's a much stronger opponent and has a good shot to win the gold,"
said Dembe. "He definitely overpowered me and threw me off my game. I
had to really bounce back to play doubles half an hour later."
After a short break, Dembe then joined Philippe Bédard (Bromont, QC) to
play their first match in first round doubles, competing against a duo
from El Salvador. The Canadians won easily, 6-2, 6-0.
"They had a few jitters at the beginning, but other than that they
cruised," said coach Kai Schrameyer. "Tomorrow they play the U.S. That
will be a challenge."
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