TORONTO, July 31, 2015 – The Canadian Paralympic Committee is proud to announce the athletes, coaches and staff who will make up Team Canada at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto August 7-15.
Canada will bring a total of 216 athletes including 11 guides to compete in 14 of the 15 sports contested at the Toronto Parapan Ams: boccia, goalball, judo, para-archery, para-athletics, para-cycling, para-swimming, powerlifting, seven-a-side football, sitting volleyball, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
The Canadian Paralympic Team list and Media Guide, with athlete and coach biographies, staff list and information on Paralympic summer sports, can be downloaded here: http://paralympic.ca/teamcanada2015
The Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Team is led by Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young and assistant Chef de Mission Stephanie Dixon, both former national team para-swimmers. In all there are 123 mission staff members.
“It’s an honour to lead our biggest Parapan Am team ever,” said Walker-Young. “Our athletes are going into Toronto extremely well prepared and, backed by the home crowd, they are ready to produce great and memorable performances. We are committed to making the 2015 Parapan Ams a fantastic finale to the Toronto 2015 experience.”
“We have witnessed spectacular moments at the Pan Am Games which have united Canadians coast-to-coast,” said Gaetan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “We will continue to build on the excitement and show the country how tough our Parapan Am team athletes are. These Games are a critical milestone for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and Team Canada athletes will be ready to compete at their best.”
“Congratulations to all 216 athletes named to Team Canada for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. The Government of Canada is proud to support our athletes in their relentless pursuit of the podium. Along with Canadians across the country, we will be watching, cheering and believing as they go for gold on home soil,” said The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)