Athletics competition at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games starts tomorrow, and things get serious in a hurry with a number of Canadian athletes in finals.
The 2015 Parapan Am Games serve as an important stepping stone as Canada gets set to compete this fall at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Athletics Championships (October 22-31, Doha, Qatar), and then next year at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The team won 16 medals at the last edition of the Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011.
2011 Parapan Am Games returning medallists
Isaiah Christophe (Bronze – T54 100m)
Braedon Dolfo (Bronze – T13 100m)
Jason Dunkerley (Silver – T11 1500m / Bronze T11 5000m)
Alister McQueen (Bronze – T44 200m / Bronze F44 Javelin)
Kevin Strybosch (Silver – F37/38 Discus)
Kyle Whitehouse (Silver – T38 100m / Silver – T38 200m)
Canadian finalists on Day 1
T54 5000m (wheelchair)
T11 5000m (visually impaired)
Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja
F51 Club throw (seated)
T54 800m (wheelchair)
F20 Shot put
F37 Discus (ambulatory)
T53 100m (wheelchair)
T54 100m (wheelchair)
*Pending earlier qualification