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Tokyo 2020 is here! Scroll down to learn more.
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Olympics: July 23 – August 8, 2021
Paralympics: August 24 – September 5th, 2021
Fast Facts About the Paralympic Games
The Canadian Paralympic Team – By the Numbers:
128 para athletes will be competing, including guides
55 para athletes will be rookies
26 para athletes have already won medals at previous games
55.5% of para athletes are female – 71 females compared to 57 males
18 sports in total will be played, including wheelchair basketball, paracycling, and sitting volleyball
29 medals previously were won from the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio – 8 gold, 10 silver, 11 bronze
113 coaches and support staff will attend the games
For more information please visit the full article by the Globe and Mail.
Refugee Paralympic Team
Be sure to check out a captivating new Tokyo 2020 Paralympic series of the Refugee Paralympic Team. Teddy Katz, a journalist and frequent content contributor of SIRC, will be documenting the journey and inspiring stories of six para athletes attending the Games. Follow along with the Refugee Paralympic Team!
“Your Guide to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics”
CBC has released a guide to inform you on everything Paralympics related, be sure to check it out!
“We’re Here” announces the arrival of aspirant celebrity competitors on the cultural stage, including Canadian wheelchair basketball legend Patrick Anderson, gold medal-winning Para swimmer Katarina Roxon and Para ice hockey team captain Tyler McGregor, showing a side of each of them that takes us well beyond their respective events. Bolstering the excitement is an adrenaline-soaked track courtesy of Queens of the Stone Age. These athletes are here, and everywhere.
Glory from Anywhere – Team Canada: The minute-long video features Canadian athletes Jennifer Abel, Annie Guglia, Damian Warner, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes alongside three inspiring community heroes: teacher Lee Martin, firefighter Shawn Morris and sexual assault survivor turned boxing coach Miranda Kamal.
“Glory isn’t restricted by age, history, experience, geography, orientation, or even a birth certificate. It can come from anywhere. It belongs to the ones who go beyond borders, overcome obstacles, and defy expectations.
“Inside all of us lives the potential for glory.”
Canada is leading by example with its actions, policies and approach towards safe sport. Coming soon is SIRC’s Tokyo 2020 Media Guide on Safety in Sport which will explore the advancements of Safety in Canadian sport. It includes timelines, resources, case studies and quotes from national athletes and sport leaders.
Gearing up for this year wasn’t without its challenges. Working through a pandemic in an Olympic year, affirms the importance of putting safety top of mind. Dr. Andrew Marshall, Chief Medical Officer, Canadian Paralympic Team, spoke about the journey to Tokyo 2020 and the importance of putting health first in an Olympic and Paralympic year.
How to Get Involved
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