Strong showing for Team Canada at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Strong showing for Team Canada at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
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

Julian Avram

Julian Avram is a Toronto-based freelance music & sports photographer and critic. He specializes in live music photography and has shot a wide range of venues, from sold out stadium shows to low lit indie places. He was fortunate enough to shoot events such as the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert at the O2 arena in London, and receive accolades from LZ drummer Jason Bonham. He also loves checking out musicians that are just starting out. There is a fresh and unique energy that starting artists give out that can only be captured by a photographer who is equally passionate about music journalism and pictures.

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