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Canadian Sport Institute Pacific – Wheelchair Rugby Book Semi-Final Berth After Thrilling OT Win Canada today defeated the 5th ranked team from Great Britain in a nail-biter filled with medal implications.  Down by 3 goals in the 3rd quarter, the Canadians battled back and used a last second goalline stand to force overtime.  Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC) then scored the winning goal  with 0.7 seconds left in the extra frame to win the game, 50-49.   Zak Madell (Victoria, BC) scored 30 goals, making his two game tally an incredible 68.

The result guarantees Canada a spot in one of Saturday’s semi-finals while knocking very likely knocking Great Britain out of medal contention.

CSI Pacific has one of our staff Physiologists, Melissa Lacroix, working on the ground with the team in Rio, supporting the team throughout the Games.  Our partners at the Richmond Olympic Oval and PISE have been top contributors to the squad’s training over the past quadrennial, as well.

Wheelchair Rugby’s team members also include: Miranda Biletski (Victoria, BC), Ian Chan (Richmond, BC), Byron Green (Vancouver, BC), , Fabien Lavoie (Vancouver, BC), Travis Murao (Victoria, BC), Patrice Simard (Québec, QC) and Mike Whitehead (Hollis, NH).


Ouellet Secures Top Four Finish in 5000m – T13


Runner Guillaume Ouellet (Victoriaville, QC) competed in his second event of the Rio Paralympics, this time the 5000m – T13 race.  Ouellet had an excellent race, finishing 4th with a time of 14:54.07.  Ouellet competed earlier in the week in the 1500m, coming in 9th while setting a personal best.


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One-person keelboat 2.4mR class sailor Bruce Millar (Victoria, BC) had a huge rebound day on Thursday after a tough Wednesday on the water.  In three races today, Millar finished 3rd, 10th and 4th. The results jump Millar from 11th overall after yesterday’s races up to 9th overall after today’s.  He races twice again tomorrow, looking to qualify for Saturday’s medal race.

Husand and wife John McRoberts (Victoria, BC) and Jackie Gay (Victoria, BC) and their two-person keelboat SKUD18 continued their strong showing at the Rio Games through races 7 & 8 this morning.  The duo finished 2nd in Race 7 and followed that up with a 5th place finish in Race 8. They are currently tied for 2nd overall with two more qualifying races to go tomorrow.

Sitting Volleyball

The Canadian Women’s team, including CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes Tessa Popoff (Langley, BC) and Felicia Voss-Shafiq (Burnaby, BC), won their final match at the Rio Paralympics, 3-0 over Rwanda (25-21, 25-15, 25-20) to finish the Games in 7th place overall.



Tyler Mrak

Sport: Swimming
Born: July 16, 1998
Birthplace: Surrey, BC
Hometown: Aldergrove, BC



One of CSI Pacific’s Board members, David Weicker, is an International Technical Official with the IAAF and the International Olympic Committee, and is a member of the IAAF Technical Committee and IPC’s Technical Advisory Group.  David is in Rio for the Paralympics, supervising technical athletics operations.



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About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.
Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific ( is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fueled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Our team of sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts provide leading-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

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Noah Wheelock
Manager, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Lance Doucet
Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific