Athletics Canada nominates 24 athletes to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

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Michelle Stilwell Photo: Phillip MacCallum / CPC
Aug. 11, 2016 – OTTAWA – Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee have announced the nomination of 24 athletes for selection to Team Canada for this September’s Paralympic Games in Rio.
The team is headlined by multiple Paralympic medallists Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, B.C., and Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., along with world champion Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que.
“Our nominated athletes in para-athletics bring world-class accomplishments and exciting potential to the Rio 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team,” said Team Canada’s Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. “I know that all our athletes and coaches are making the most of these final few weeks of preparation before the Games as they work towards a peak performance in Rio. I can’t wait to cheer them on at the start line in September.”
At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Canada’s athletics team won nine medals, led by Lakatos with three silvers (200-metres, 400-metres and 800-metres). The 36-year-old Lakatos has also earned 12 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship podiums (including seven golds) and three Parapan American Games gold medals.
“I can’t wait for Rio,” said Lakatos. “These are my fourth Paralympic Games, and each one has been so different. Athens was a blur, Beijing was bitter disappointment and London was my first taste of the podium. This will be the first time I head in as a favorite.”
Stilwell, the team’s lone gold medallist at London 2012, won gold in the T52 classification wheelchair 200-metres and silver in the 100-metres. Jason Dunkerley and guide Josh Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., won silver in the T11 visually impaired 5000-metres and bronze in the 1500-metres. Guillaume Ouellet will make his Paralympic Games debut as the reigning world champion in the T13 classification 5000-metres, while Rio will mark Diane Roy’s sixth Paralympic Games, an impressive career that has seen her win five Paralympic Games medals overall.
“Congratulations to all the athletes named today to Canada’s athletics team bound for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” said the Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “Our Government is a proud supporter of Athletics Canada and our athletes should know that all Canadians are behind them as they go for gold in Brazil.”
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are set for Sept. 7 to 18. The athletics competition takes place Sept. 8 through 18.
The athletes nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team are as follows:
Para-athletics team
Male athletes
Name
Hometown
Event(s)
Coach(es)
*Josh Cassidy
Port Elgin, ON
T54
800m/1500m/5000m
Jenny Archer/Amanda Fader
Mitchell Chase
Pickering, ON
T38
1500m
Craig Blackman
Shayne Dobson
Campbellton, NB
T37
1500m
Jean-Marc Doiron
*Jason Dunkerley
Ottawa, ON
T11
1500m
Ian Clark
*Alex Dupont
Clarenceville, QC
T54
400m/800m/1500m/4x400m
Rick Reelie
*Josh Karanja
Ottawa, ON
Guide runner for Jason Dunkerley
Ian Clark
*Brent Lakatos
Dorval, QC
T53
100m/400m/800m/4x400m
Jean-Philippe Maranda
Ste-Aurélie, QC
T53
100m/400m/800m/4x400m
Rick Reelie
*Alister McQueen
Calgary, AB
F44
Javelin
Kim Cousins
Guillaume Ouellet
Victoriaville, QC
T13
1500m/5000m
Félix-Antoine Lapointe
Austin Smeenk
Oakville, ON
T34
100m/800m
Ken Thom
Tristan Smyth
Maple Ridge, BC
T54
1500m/4x400m
Kelly Smith
Liam Stanley
Victoria, BC
T37
1500m
Bruce Deacon
Kevin Strybosch
London, ON
F37
Discus
John Allan
*Curtis Thom
Mississauga, ON
T54
400m/4x400m
Bob Schrader
Female athletes
Jenn Brown
Calgary, AB
F38
Discus
Kim Cousins
*Ilana Dupont
Saskatoon, SK
T53
100m/400m/800m
Rick Reelie
Eva Fejes
Salt Spring Island, BC
Sport Assistant for Ness Murby
Renée Foessel
Orangeville, ON
F38
Discus
Ken Hall
Pamela LeJean
Cape Breton, NS
F53
Shot put
Ueli Albert
Ness Murby
Salt Spring Island, BC
F11
Discus
Sheldan Gmitroski
Marissa Papaconstantinou
Toronto, ON
T44
100m/200m
Geoff Standen
*Diane Roy
Sherbrooke, QC
T54
400m/800m/1500m/5000m
Jean Laroche
*Michelle Stilwell
Parksville, BC
T52
100m/400m
Peter Lawless
*Denotes previous Paralympic Games experience
The nominated athletes will be supported by the following staff:
Staff
Peter Eriksson
Ottawa, ON
Head Coach
Kristine Deacon
Cambridge, ON
Team Manager
Kayla Cornale
Toronto, ON
Assistant Manager
Ingrid Ruys
Sherwood Park, AB
Family & Friends Manager
Félix-Antoine Lapointe
Québec, QC
Coach – Endurance
Kim Cousins
Calgary, AB
Coach – Throws
John Allan
Toronto, ON
Coach – Throws
Kelly Smith
Lake Country, BC
Coach – Wheelchair
Rick Reelie
Saskatoon, SK
Coach – Wheelchair
Andrea Stephan
Toronto, ON
Physiotherapist
Duriell Bernard
Vancouver, BC
Chiropractor
Robert Lee
Toronto, ON
Massage Therapist
Alvin Bodnarchuk
Saskatoon, SK
Massage Therapist

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