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Canadian Paralympic Committee – Sept. 11, 2016 – RIO DE JANEIRO – Para-swimmer Aurélie Rivard added some silver polish to a four-medal day for Canada on Sunday at the Paralympic Games.

It was a second trip to the podium for Rivard in Rio. On Sunday morning, Canada won two silver medals in athletics with Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., and Liam Stanley of Victoria placing second in the T53 400-m and T37 1500-m (Silver for Stanley and Lakatos in athletics).

The Canadian LTA Coxed Fours rowing crew took an historic bronze, a first-ever medal for the sport at the Games (Canadian rowers capture historic bronze).

After four days of competition Canada has 12 medals (three gold, seven silver, two bronze) for 10th in the medal standings.

In para-swimming, Sophie Pasco of New Zealand broke the world record in he S10 200-m individual medley to beat Rivard for the gold clocking 2:24.90. The 20-year-old from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., followed in 2:30.03, a Canadian record. Bianca Pap of Hungary was third in 2:31.46.

“I’m happy with my race,” said Rivard, who won the 50-m freestyle Friday in world record time. ”I broke the Canadian record, that was my goal. I got my silver medal back. I’m really happy with the result.”

Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., and Isaac Bouckley were fourth and eighth in the men’s S10 200-m individual medley. Huot was on the hunt for 20th career Paralympic medal as Ukrainian swimmers swept the podium.

Other Canadian finalists were Morgan Bird of Calgary and Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., fifth and seventh in the women’s S8 100-m freestyle and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., seventh in the men’s S8 100-m freestyle.

In table tennis, Stephanie Chan of Richmond B.C., lost to Kelly Van Zon the Netherlands, 11-7, 12-10, 11-1 in women’s Class 7 semifinal action.  Chan plays in the bronze medal match Tuesday against Seong-Ok Kim of South Korea.

In para-dressage, Canada is currently sitting in fourth place heading into the second day of Team competition on a score of 134.726 after two of four riders. Denmark has the provisional lead with 211.970, France is in second with 204.256 and the United States is in third on 135.335.

Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, GBR and Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC provided the Canadian para-dressage team with a strong start.

“It’s pretty incredible to have made my Paralympic debut for Canada,” said Sheffield. “I’ve spent the last six months seeing it on the horizon – just seeing all these steps in the road and in the way that I had to go through. So it’s incredible to have actually finally got here and down the centreline. I have a score on the board and I am a Paralympian for Canada – which couldn’t be better.”

In women’s goalball, Amy Burk of Charlottetown scored twice to lead Canada to a 3-2 victory over Ukraine. The Canadians even their record at 1-1.

“You get that one goal ahead and sometimes it can add a little more pressure on you because you have to make sure you make no mistakes,” said Burk. “It was that little bit of relief and then you know, we need to buckle down, we need to be solid, we need to stop every ball.”

In women’s sitting volleyball, Canada fell in four sets to the Netherlands (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22) to remain winless after two matches. Heidi Peter scored 14 of her 16 points on spikes. Felicia Voss-Shafiq of Burnaby, B.C. had seven aces.


“I feel pretty good about how we played,” said captain Jolan Wong (Pembroke, Ont). “We had a pretty solid game plan going in. We had hosted the Netherlands over the summer to help us train, so we know a lot of how they played and their systems.”

In athletics this evening, Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., finished ninth in the T13 visually impaired 1500-metres final in a personal best of 3:57.98, “I had a great race, it was the race of my life in the 1500-metres. I am happy and it shows that I am ready for the 5000-metres in a few days.” Ouellet is the reigning 5000-m world champion.

Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., made the best of his Paralympic Games debut finishing second in heat one of the T34 wheelchair 100-metres and has qualified for tomorrow’s final. “The race went well. We did what we set out to do. I will turn it up tomorrow for the final.”

Finally in wheelchair basketball, Canada lost both its games Sunday. The women’s suffered their first loss after opening with two wins falling to Germany 68-54 in the morning. Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City led the Canadian attack with 23 points.

On the men’s side, Canada is now 0-4 after a 76-45 loss to Japan in the evening. David Eng of Montreal scored 18 points.

RIO DE JANEIRO _ What Canada Did on Sunday at the 2016 Paralympic Games (distances in metres):


Women’s T54 400: Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, Que., was 10th in heats and did not advance

Men’s T54 5000: Josh Cassidy, Port Elgin, Ont., was 10th in the final

Men’s T53 400 : Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., won the silver medal.

Men’s T37 1500: Liam Stanley, Victoria won the silver medal and  Shayne Dobson, Campbellton, N.B., was fifth.

Men’s T11 1500: Jason Dunkerley, Ottawa, and his guide Josh Karanja, Ottawa, were fifth in heats to advance to final on Tuesday.

Men’s T34 100:  Austin Smeenk, Oakville, Ont., fifth in heats advances to final on Monday at 6:38 p.m.

Men’s T54 400:  Curtis Thom, Mississauga, Ont., and Alexandre Dupont, St-Rémi, Que., ninth and 16th in heats and do not advance to final.

Men’s T13 1500 :  Guillaume Ouellet, Quebec City, ninth.

Boccia (preliminary round)

Mixed pairs BC4 – Canada (Iulian Ciobanu, Montreal; Marco Dispaltro, St-Jérôme, Que.; Alison Levine, Montreal) lost 7-3 to Thailand. Finish 1-2 in preliminaries.

Mixed pairs BC 3 – Canada (Éric Bussière, Verchères, Que.; Bruno Garneau, Montreal; Marylou Martineau, Quebec City) lost 7-0 to Belgium. Finish 0-3 in preliminaries.

Neither Canadian team advances.


Team Test Grade Three: Roberta Sheffield, Lincolnshire, UK, was 10th.

Team Test Grade 1B: Ashley Gowanlock, Surrey, B.C., was seventh.

Overall team standings: Canada is fourth after two of four riders.


Women’s preliminary – Canada defeated Ukraine 3-2 to even its record at 1-1. Amy Burk, Charlottetown, scored twice.


LTA Mixed Coxed Four: Canada won the bronze medal.  Canadian rowers – Victoria Nolan (Toronto), Meghan Montgomery (Winnipeg), Andrew Todd (Thunder Bay, Ont.) Curtis Halladay (Sudbury, Ont.) and coxswain Kristen Kit (St. Catharines, Ont.)

Sitting volleyball

Women’s preliminaries Canada dropped to 0-2 losing to the Netherlands 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22. Heidi Peters, Neerlandia, Alta., led Canada with 16 points.


Women’s SB9 200-m IM: Katarina Roxon, Corner Brook, N.L. was seventh in the final.

Men’s SB13 100-m breaststroke:  Tyler Mrak (Aldergrove, B.C.) was 11th in heats and did not advance.

Men’s S14 200-m freestyle: Gord Michie, St. Thomas, Ont., was 14th in heats and did not advance.

Men’s S10 200-m IM: Benoit Huot, Longueuil, Que., was fourth and Isaac Bouckley, Port Hope, Ont., eighth in the final.

Women’s S10 200m IM:  Aurélie Rivard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won the silver medal.

Men’s S8 100-m freestyle: Zack McAllister, Lethbridge, Alta., was seventh in the final.

Women’s S8 100-m freestyle: Morgan Bird, Calgary and Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., were fifth and seventh in the final. Sabrina Duchesne, Quebec City, was 11th in heats and did not advance.


Women’s PT4 Final:  Chantal Givens, Winnipeg, was eighth.

Women’s PT5.: Christine Robbins, Ottawa and her guide Sasha Boulton, Guelph, Ont., were 10th.

Table tennis

Class 7 semifinal: Stephanie Chan, Richmond B.C., lost to Kelly Van Zon the Netherlands, 11-7, 12-10, 11-1. Chan plays in bronze medal match Tuesday.

Wheelchair basketball

Women’s preliminary – Canada lost to Germany 68-54 to drop to 2-1. Cindy Ouellet, Quebec City, led Canada with 23 points.

Men’s preliminary – Canada lost to Japan 76-45 to drop to 0-4. David Eng, Montreal, led Canada with 18 points.

Canadians in action on Monday September 12, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all times Rio time)


9:25 a.m.: Karen Van Nest (North Bay, Ont.) and Kevin Evans (Jaffray, B.C.) round of 16 mixed team compound vs Spain


10:02 a.m.: Pam LeJean, Cape Breton, N.S. women’s F53 shotput FINAL

6 :19 p.m. : Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, Que., T54 1500-m, heats

6:38 p.m..: Austin Smeenk, Oakville, Ont., T34 100-m FINAL

6:48 p.m.: Alexandre Dupont, St-Rémi, Que., and Tristan Smyth, Maple Ridge, B.C. heats

7:04 p.m: Josh Cassidy, Port Elgin, Ont., men’s T54 1500m heats.


1 p.m.: Robyn Andrews, St. John’s N.L., Team Test Grade 1a


11:30 a.m.: men’s preliminary – Canada (1-1) vs Algeria (0-3)

6:15 p.m.: women’s preliminary – Canada (1-1) vs China (1-1)


1:05 p.m.: John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria 2-person keelboat (Skud 18) – race 01 and 02

1:05 p.m.: Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal 3-person keelboat (Sonar) – race 01 and 02

1:15 pm.: Bruce Millar, Victoria, 1-person keelboat (2.4mR) – race 01 and 02


9:30 a.m.: Devin Gotell, Antigonish, N.S. and Tyler Mrak, Aldergorve, B.C., men’s S13 400-m  freestyle heats. Final at 5:30 p.m.

10:18 a.m.: Tammy Cunnington, Red Deer, Alta., women’s SM4 150-m IM heats. Final at 5:58 p.m.

10:44 a.m: Nathan Stein, Surrey, B.C., men’s S10 100-m butterfly heats. Final at 6:36 p.m.

10:47 a.m.: Alec Elliot, Kitchener, Ont., men’s S10 100-m butterfly heats. Final at 6:36 p.m.

10:51 a.m.: Aurélie Rivard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., women’s S10 100-m butterfly heats. Final at 6:43 p.m.

10:55 a.m. : Samantha Ryan, Saskatoon, women’s S10 100-m butterfly heats. Final at 6:43 p.m.

11:08 a.m.: Katarina Roxon, Corner Brook, N.L., women’s S9 100-m freestyle heats.

11:44 a.m.: Jean-Michel Lavallière, Quebec City, men’s S7 50-m butterfly heats.

11:48 a.m.: Sarah Mehain, Vernon, B.C., and Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., women’s S7 50-m butterfly heats.

Wheelchair basketball

11:45 a.m.: women’s preliminary – Canada (2-1) vs Brazil (1-1)

7:30 p.m.: men’s preliminary – Canada (0-3) vs Turkey (3-1)

Wheelchair fencing

9 a.m.: Pierre Mainville, St-Colomban, Que., men’s individual sabre category B preliminary round Pool A. His matches in this time slot are vs Panagiotis Triantafyllou, Greece; Yanke Feng, China; Adrian Castro, Poland; Balwinder Cheema, Germany.

12:25 p.m: men’s individual sabre category B quarterfinals.

2:15 p.m.: men’s individual sabre category B semifinals.

3:05 p.m. men’s individual sabre category B bronze match

3:55 p.m. men’s individual sabre category B gold medal match.

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