GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Cyclists and swimmers led
Team Canada today on Day One of competition at the Guadalajara 2011
Parapan American Games in Mexico, winning a total of one gold, four
silver and four bronze medals.
Canada has the most medals - nine - among all countries at the Games so
As well, all four of Canada's team sports in action today went
undefeated - both men's and women's wheelchair basketball and goalball.
"Today was a strong start for Team Canada, including winning the first
gold medal awarded at the 2011 Parapan American Games," said Canadian
Team Chef de Mission, Rob Needham. "We're very pleased to see the team
start so well and earn nine medals today. We look forward to continued
success at these Games."
On a warm sunny morning, racing through the historic downtown area of
Guadalajara, reigning world cycling champions Robbi Weldon (Thunder
Bay, ON) and pilot Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC) won the 21.1 km mixed
time trial road race (blind tandem) to win Canada's first medal of the
"It was a really tough race today that required maximum effort," said
Weldon. "Lyne and I worked really hard as a team and put in a strong
effort. I hope our gold medal pumps up the rest of team Canada and is
the start of many more to come."
The men's tandem of Daniel Chalifour (Lac-des-écorces, QC) and pilot Ed
Veal (Queensville, ON) finished ranked third to win a bronze medal.
Rico Morneau (Ste-Martine QC) won the bronze in the H1-4 division and
Shelley Gautier (Toronto, ON) won silver in the T1-2 division.
"I felt really good in training coming into the race," said Morneau.
"The road was a little bumpy and I had to be careful on the corners and
lost some time but I still got the bronze medal, so I am happy. The
people here in Mexico have been great."
Also in the T1-2 mixed division was Marie-Eve Croteau (Quebec City, QC),
the reigning world champion in her class, who finished a disappointing
fourth after losing four minutes in a crash while fellow Quebecer
Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin (Ste-Claire QC) finished fifth. Myriam
Adam (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) placed eighth in the H1-4 division.
In the extremely competitive C 1-5 time trials, Marie-Claude Molnar
(Ste-Aldèle, QC) led the Canadian field placing seventh, while Jaye
Milley of Calgary had an equipment malfunction, losing a pedal, to
finish 19th. Matthieu Parent (Granby, QC) and Eric Bourgault (Orford,
QC) rounded out the Canadian contingent, finishing 21st and 22nd
Adam Rahier (Nanaimo, BC), Jana Murphy (Victoria, BC) and Chris Sergeant
(Kingston, ON) each won a silver medal on Sunday to lead a five-medal
intake for Canadian swimmers today.
Also stepping on the podium were Maxime Rousselle (St -Alexandre, QC)
and Jean-Sébastien Lapointe (Repentigny, QC) both with bronze.
"Getting a medal is something I didn't expect,'' said Lapointe. "For me
this is a learning experience. I just wished I could have got a
In the men's 100-metre breaststroke in the SB14 disability category for
swimmers with an intellectual disability, Alberto Vera of Venezuela
took the gold in 1:15.39, Rahier followed in 1:17.77 and Rousselle was
third in 1:18.39. Dalton Boon (Ladner, BC) was sixth.
In the women's SB14 100 breaststroke, Mariana Diaz of Mexico was the
winner in 1:27.67 with Murphy second in 1:29.63 and Viviana Moraes of
Venezuela third in 1:30.79. Kirstie Kasko (Okotoks, AB) missed the
podium by only 0.01 seconds and was fourth. Meagan Michie (Metcalfe,
ON) took eighth spot.
"It was a good race and I'm happy it went really well,'' said Murphy.
"The best parts of my race were my start and the turns which is
something I've really worked on in training.''
In the men's S8 100 backstroke, Caio Oliveira of Brazil was the winner
in a Games record 1:14.52 with Sergeant second in 1:17.48 and Lucas
Poggi of Argentina third in 1:19.77.
In the men's S7 400 freestyle, Ronaldo Santos of Brazil took the gold,
with Enrique Perez of Mexico second and Lapointe third.
Other Canadian men's finalists were Chris Daniel (Calgary, AB), sixth;
Nik Tolgyesi (Kingston ON), 11th in the S6 400 freestyle; and Zack
McAllister (Lethbridge, AB), fourth in the S9 100 butterfly. For the
women, Danielle Kisser (North Delta, BC) was seventh in the S6
freestyle and Kennedy Pasay (Leduc, AB) fifth in the S9 100 butterfly.
"We are pretty excited about our start,'' said Swimming Canada's
Para-swimming head coach, Craig McCord. "We have a very young team,
most of whom are prospects for the 2016 Paralympic team."
The Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team defeated Brazil 67-49 in
their first match of the 2011 Parapan American Games. Janet McLachlan
(West Vancouver, BC) notched a double-double and led all players with
27 points and 23 rebounds. Canada's Cindy Ouellet (Quebec QC) pitched
in with 18 points and eight assists.
The game was very close through the first two quarters with the Canucks
leading by just four points at halftime 27-23. Canada opened things up
in the third frame extending their lead to 48-38. Brazil was unable to
keep pace with Canada's increased tempo in final two quarters, getting
The Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball overcame a tough Columbian team
57-38 in a rough and tumble game that saw its fair share of bumps and
bruises. Columbia overcame an early deficit at the end of the first
quarter, when they trailed the Canadians 16-8 to narrow the gap to
24-20 at half time.
It wasn't until the fourth quarter that Canada was able to leverage its
depth off the bench outscoring their opponent 22-9. Patrick Anderson
(Fergus, ON) paved the way for the Canadian victory with a game-high 23
points and seven rebounds in his 34:43 of floor time.
The men's goalball team tied the U.S. 5-5 in an exciting match after
coming back to tie the game in the final minutes of play.
"We're very happy with our result," said Bruno Haché (Dorval QC). "I
scored a goal 30 seconds before the end of the game, so we tied against
the U.S. We made some little mistakes but I am very happy with that
score, considering the U.S. is the strongest team we will meet during
The women's goalball team beat Brazil 5-3.
"This is my first time at an international Games and I thought it was
great to be playing in front of so many people," said Jillian MacSween
(Ottawa, ON). "I am used to playing in front of smaller crowds, so it
was definitely exciting. My goal in Guadalajara is to gain experience
and become a strong player. I am glad we played against Brazil, because
they can be very tough."
Ian Kent (Halifax, NS) led the Canadian Table Tennis Team today with two
victories over Puerto Rico (3-0) and Brazil (3-0) in the C8 division,
ensuring a bye to the medal round tomorrow at 6:40 pm (CST).
Teammate Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) split his two opening round robin
games in the C7 division against El Salvador (3-0), but lost a tight
game vs. Chile (2-3). Mojtahed finishes his round robin matches Monday
at 11:20 p.m. and if successful, will advance to the semi-finals.
Gatineau, Quebec's Martin Pelletier lost his opening round match in the
C4 division 0-3, but plays tomorrow at 10 a.m. with a berth in the
semifinals on the line. Barry Butler (Ottawa, ON) lost both of his C3
matches today but can remain alive in the tournament with a win
tomorrow. Richmond, B.C. native Stephanie Chan won her opening match
3-0 over Peru, but lost her second match to the sixth ranked player in
the world from Brazil, Jane Rodriguiz. She plays tomorrow at 10:40 am
(CST) for a chance to advance to the semi-finals.
"Today's matches went as expected," said head coach John MacPherson.
"Tomorrow however, I expect the competition to jump to another level
with positions to the medal round on the line."
Playing in the morning in front of a big crowd on centre court, Philippe
Bédard (Bromont, QC) lost a tough match to his Chilean opponent, 5-7
"It was a good learning experience," said Bedard. "I'll be better next
Later in the evening, Joel Dembe (Toronto, ON) easily defeated his
opponent from Ecuador 6-0, 6-2.
"It was sweet," said Dembe. "I played within myself. I didn't really
play risky, I played solid tennis, more consistent than my opponent."
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