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Preliminary rounds begin in wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, and goalball
– Aurélie Rivard among swimmers to hit the starting blocks
– Medals up for grabs in Para cycling and wheelchair fencing

Team Canada, Tokyo 2020 – Opening Ceremony // Cérémonie d’Ouverture
Lead by flag-bearer Priscilla Gagné, Canada enters during the opening ceremony the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Mené par la porte-drapeau Priscilla Gagné, le Canada entre lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture des Jeux paralympiques de Tokyo 2020. 24/08/2021.

Para judoka Priscilla Gagné (Sarnia, ON) carries the flag for Canada at the Opening Ceremony on August 24, alongside guide and training partner Laurie Wiltshire (Calgary, AB). PHOTO: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Tokyo, August 24, 2021 – The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games officially kicked off on Tuesday, with Para judoka Priscilla Gagné (Sarnia, ON) carrying the flag for Canada at the Opening Ceremony. The focus now turns to competition, with Canadian athletes set to see action in six sports on Wednesday August 25.

  • Five swimmers will be in the pool, including five-time Paralympic medallist Aurélie Rivard (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC), who is racing the S10 50m freestyle – an event she won at Rio 2016 and the 2019 world championships. Heats start at 9 a.m. JST / 8 p.m. ET (Tuesday) while finals commence at 5 p.m. JST / 4 a.m. ET – including the women’s S10 50m freestyle at 7:12 p.m. JST / 6:12 a.m. ET. Rivard will be joined by teammates Nicholas Bennett (Parksville, BC), Angela Marina (Cambridge, ON), Shelby Newkirk (Saskatoon, SK), and Alec Elliot (Kitchener, ON). Bennett, Marina, and Newkirk are all making their Paralympic debuts.
  • All of Canada’s four wheelchair fencers will be in action starting at 9 a.m. JST / 8 p.m. ET (Tuesday), participating in the sabre event. Pierre Mainville (St-Colomban, QC) will compete in the men’s B category, Matthieu Hébert (Beauharnois, QC) and Ryan Rousell (Saskatoon, SK) in the men’s A classification, and Ruth Sylvie Morel (Pincourt, QC) in the women’s A tournament.
  • Led by team captain Amy Burk (Charlottetown, PEI), the Canadian women’s goalball team plays its first of four preliminary matches, taking on RPC at 10:30 a.m. JST / 9:30 p.m. ET (Tuesday). Canada finished sixth at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
  • Para cyclist Keely Shaw (Midale, SK) will make her Paralympic debut at the Izu Velodrome, competing in the women’s C4 individual pursuit. She won a silver medal in this event at the 2019 world championships, and finished fourth in the 2020 edition. Qualifying for Shaw begins at 10:56 a.m. JST / 9:56 p.m. ET (Tuesday).  
  • Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball team, gold medallists at the 2019 Parapan Am Games, kicks off its Tokyo campaign at 2:45 pm JST / 1:45 am ET against Great Britain. The squad will play four preliminary games.
  • Canada will also face off against Great Britain in wheelchair rugby round-robin play at 5:30 p.m. JST / 4:30 a.m. ET. The Canadians, who finished fourth at Rio 2016, will compete in three matches over three days with a goal of advancing to the semifinals.


CLICK HERE for the complete Canadian Paralympic Team schedule on August 25.


Livestream and on-demand broadcasts can be found on, and, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and the Radio-Canada Sports app.

August 25 Canadian TV Broadcasts:
Sportsnet One (CBC Late Night Replay) – 7 a.m. ET
CBC Daytime – 3 p.m. local
CBC Primetime – 7 p.m. local
CBC Late Night – 12:30 a.m. local (August 26)
Radio-Canada Afternoon – 1 p.m. ET
Radio-Canada Late Night – 11:05 p.m. ET
Click here for the complete broadcast schedule.

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About the Canadian Paralympic Team: Canada is represented by 128 athletes competing in 18 sports at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, taking place August 24 to September 5.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee:


For interview requests with the athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, please contact the specific sport media attaché.

Nicole Watts
Manager, Public Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee or 613-462-2700