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

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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

CIBC will be inviting the public to celebrate Team Canada's athletes at local Welcome Home events across Canada in seven communities this week:

Sept 22: Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary

Sept 23: Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal

For more information: Diana.Spremo@cibc.com

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: www.paralympic.ca

Follow the Canadian Paralympic Team:
www.paralympic.ca
www.facebook.com/CDNParalympics
www.twitter.com/CDNParalympics
www.youtube.com/CDNParalympics
www.instagram.com/CDNParalympics

 

SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

Image with caption: "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. Photo: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160918_C2180_PHOTO_EN_775805.jpg

For further information: Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Rio cell: +55 (21) 99033-0131, Email: akorn@paralympic.ca; Martin Richard, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Rio cell: + 55 (21) 99031-7843, Email: mrichard@paralympic.ca

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