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Canadian Sport Institute Pacific – Friday, September 16, 2016 // Sexta-feira, 16 Setembro, 2016

A special edition of Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.
A daily update from Rio 2016 by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Featuring daily news from the Games about how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are performing, athlete profiles and their social media, live from Rio!



Find out how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are faring at the Rio Paralympics


Wheelchair Rugby Falls Short in Overtime Clash with Aussies


With a spot in the semi-finals already secured, Canada’s wheelchair rugby team found themselves in another thriller that needed overtime to find a winner. A Canadian turnover in extra time kept Australia ahead as they took a 63-62 decision and edged Canada for first place in Group B.

Zak Madell (Victoria, BC) led the Canadian squad with 39 goals. They will now face the United States in the semi-finals after the U.S. defeated Japan to earn the top spot in Group A.

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), Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC), Fabien Lavoie (Vancouver, BC), Travis Murao (Victoria, BC), Patrice Simard (Québec, QC) and Mike Whitehead (Hollis, NH).


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It will be a battle for silver and bronze in Saturday’s two-person keelboat SKUD18 medal race. Australian sailors Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have been nearly perfect in the event and clinched the gold medal with eight wins in 10 races. Husband and wife John McRoberts (Victoria, BC) and Jackie Gay (Victoria, BC) finished 2nd in Race 9 and 6th place in Race 10. The Canadian pair sit 2nd overall heading into the final day.

One-person keelboat 2.4mR class sailor Bruce Millar (Victoria, BC) booked his ticket to tomorrow’s medal race with a solid performance on Friday. Millar earned a 7th place finish in Race 9 before placing 10th in Race 10. Those results were good enough for Millar to land the final spot in the medal race, where only 10 boats compete.


CSI Pacific-affiliated athlete Tristan Smyth (Lake Country, BC) will push for the podium tomorrow after qualifying for the final in the Men’s 4x400m – T53-54. Smyth, along with Alex Dupont (Clarenceville, QC), Brent Lakatos (Dorval, QC) and Curtis Thom (Mississauga, ON), recorded a time of 3:11.41 and finished third in their heat. They also established a new Canadian and North American record. The final of the Men’s 4x400m – T53-54 will take place at 1:30pm on Saturday.

Wheelchair Basketball

The Canadian women wrapped up their Paralympic competition with a hard-fought 63-52 win over China in the fifth-place game. Canada was able to overcome a late surge by China by going on an 11-0 run to end the fourth quarter. The Canadian squad featured CSI Pacific-affiliated athlete Janet McLachlan (Giessen, BC).


Tyler Mrak (Aldergrove, BC) participated in his fifth event of the Summer Games on Friday morning in the Men’s 100m Freestyle – S13. With a time of 1:00.01, Mrak finished 8th in his heat and missed qualifying for the event’s final. His sixth and final event of the Paralympics, the Men’s 100m Backstroke – S13, will take place tomorrow.



Joanie Caron Sport: Cycling – Road (Pilot)
Born: April 27, 1984
Birthplace: Rimouski, QC
Hometown: Rimouski, QC



Wheelchair rugby players are assigned a classification following the completion of the bench test and the functional skills test prior to game play. There are seven classes ranging from 0.5 to 3.5 with functional characteristics identified for each athlete class. In international wheelchair rugby the total number of points allowed on court at any time is 8.0.



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Noah Wheelock
Manager, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Lance Doucet
Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific