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Canadian Paralympic Committee – Lima 2019: Looking ahead at Canadian Parapan Am Team action on Day 5

Canada to face USA for gold in wheelchair rugby
– Round-robin play wraps up in wheelchair basketball  
– Sitting volleyball teams to compete in semifinals

Lima, August 26, 2019 – The Canadian Parapan Am Team is guaranteed to add at least one medal to its total on Tuesday, with the wheelchair rugby team going for gold. Other podium opportunities on the schedule lie in Para athletics, Para cycling, and Para swimming, while several team sports start to look ahead at the medal rounds. Here’s a look at what’s coming up at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games on Day 5:

  • A gold medal and a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are on the line for Canada’s wheelchair rugby team on Tuesday. The squad will face the United States in the final at 12 p.m. local time / 1 p.m. ET. This is a repeat of the Toronto 2015 gold-medal game, a nail biter in which Canada came out on top. The Canadians will be looking for the same result in Lima and hope to reverse the score from their 54-51 round-robin loss to the Americans on the weekend. A win would give Canada a berth in next year’s Paralympic Games, while a loss would mean the nation has to play in a last-chance qualifier.
     
  • Para cycling at the velodrome wraps up on Tuesday, with the tandem racers (Carla Shibley and pilot Meghan Lemiski, Annie Bouchard and pilot Evelyne Gagnon, and Lowell Taylor and pilot Andrew Davidson) competing in the time trial and C4 racer Marie-Claude Molnar in the individual pursuit. All three tandems captured a medal on day one – totaling one gold and two silvers – and they’ll be hoping for more of the same. Medal races start at 3:15 p.m. local time.
     
  • In the second-to-last day of Para athletics competition, Rio 2016 Paralympian and Toronto 2015 gold medallist Jennifer Brown competes in her first event of the Games, the F38 discus. Guillaume Ouellet, gold medallist in the 5000m earlier in the week, will aim for his second medal of the Games in the T13 1500m. Others in action include Amanda Rummery, Zachary Gingras, Ben Brown, Madison Wilson-Walker, Harrison Orpe, and Sarah Mickey.
     
  • Round-robin play in wheelchair basketball wraps up on Tuesday, with the women in the first game of the day at 8 a.m. local time / 9 a.m. ET versus Mexico, and the men closing out the day at 8:45 p.m. local time / 9:45 p.m. ET against Argentina. The women currently sit first in their group at 2-0 and will look to secure top positioning for the semifinals, while the men are also 2-0 and hope to remain undefeated heading into the quarterfinals.
     
  • Para swimming continues and will look to add to its six-medal haul so far. All five Canadian medallists will be back in the pool. S14 swimmers Nicholas Bennett (two golds), Angela Marina (one gold), and Tyson MacDonald (one bronze) will hit the pool again for the 100m backstroke. Jacob Brayshaw, Myriam Soliman, Krystal Shaw, Michelle Tovizi, Emma Grace Van Dyk, Arianna Hunsicker, and Clemence Pare will also be in action.
     
  • In wheelchair tennis, Rob Shaw – the world No. 9 and No. 2 seed here in Lima – will commence his quest for the podium in the quad division with a quarterfinal duel versus Chile’s Pablo Araya, while teammate Mitch McIntyre will take on Peruvian Martin Ordonez in his singles match. Quad tennis is making its Parapan Am Games debut here in Lima. Meanwhile, men’s division players Thomas Venos and Jonathan Tremblay are teaming up and will face top-seeded Argentines Gustavo Fernandez and Agustin Ledesma in the doubles quarterfinals. 
     
  • The Canadian men’s and women’s sitting volleyball teams will be playing in the semifinals Tuesday. The men will face USA at 11 a.m. local time while the women take on Brazil on 5 p.m. Both teams won the bronze medal at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. In order to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the Games, the women must finish first or second to the USA while the men would need to win.
     
  • In goalball, the men will face off against Venezuela at 3 p.m. local time in their final game of the preliminary stages. The match will determine their positioning for the quarterfinals. The women still have three round-robin matches left and will challenge Costa Rica at 4:15 p.m. local time. 

HOW TO WATCH
Five sports will be available to livestream in Canada via the CPC Facebook page, CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, as well as the Radio-Canada Sports app and radio-canada.ca/sports.

Live Stream Schedule for August 27:
9 a.m. ET – Canada vs. Mexico, Wheelchair Basketball, Round Robin (WOMEN)
10 a.m. ET – Para swimming Day 3 preliminaries
1 p.m. ET – Canada vs. USA, Wheelchair Rugby, FINAL
4 p.m. ET – Para athletics Day 4 competition 
4 p.m. ET – Para swimming Day 3 finals 
9:45 p.m. ET – Canada vs. Argentina, Wheelchair Basketball, Round Robin (MEN)

MEDIA RESOURCES
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*Video highlights, broadcast b-roll, and interview footage are available upon request at digital@paralympic.ca.

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About the Canadian Parapan Am Team: Canada is represented by 151 athletes competing in 13 sports at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games, taking place August 23 to September 1. 

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: Paralympic.ca  

MEDIA CONTACTS

Nicole Watts
Manager, Public Relations
nwatts@paralympic.ca
Whatsapp: 1-613-462-2700
Lima Cell: +51 920 342 739

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