Canadian women back on track in wheelchair basketball

RIO DE JANEIRO - Arinn Young of Legal, Alta., and Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City combined for more than half of Canada's scoring as they help put the women's wheelchair basketball team back on the winning track at the Paralympic Games. The Canadians defeated Brazil...

Chantal Givens Climbs into Eighth at Paralympic Triathlon

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Three Canadians put down a spirited effort as women’s triathlon debuted at the Paralympic Games on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.   Winnipeg’s Chantal Givens was relentless in her eighth-place finish in the PT4 classification, while two women from the nation’s capital –...

Canada’s sitting team comes on strong, but falls to Netherlands

Sept. 11, 2016: Canada’s women’s sitting volleyball team came out swinging today, winning its first set, but then falling to the Netherlands 1-3 (25-22, 17-25, 17-25, 22-25) in front of 7000 fans at Riocentro. Felicia Voss-Shafiq of Burnaby, B.C. served up four aces in a row...

Women’s sitting volleyball team ready for Paralympic debut!

This Friday, the women’s sitting volleyball team will make history as the first squad ever to participate in the Paralympic Games in this discipline representing Canada. "We are feeling excited and ready to compete. We have had the chance to familiarize ourselves with the village,...

History could be made at Friday’s athletics sessions claims IPC President

Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), believes history could be made on Friday (9 September), the second day of track and field competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. With many of the world’s top Para athletic sprinters likely to be...

UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT:Football 7-a-side

How it all began Football 7-a-side, an adaptation of Olympic football for players with cerebral palsy and similar impairments (traumatic brain injury or stroke sequelae), debuted at the 1984 New York/Stoke Mandeville Paralympic Games and has been featured in all editions since. About the...

UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT:Canoe sprint

HOW IT ALL BEGAN From North America, all the way to Polynesia and even Greenland, kayaks have been used for different purposes throughout history. Originally intended for hunting and fishing, they were made with animal fur stretched over a wooden frame. Canoe races became more...

The IPC not to allow individual Russian athletes to participate at Rio 2016

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Thursday (1 September) that it will not allow individual Russian athletes to participate as neutral athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The decision followed individual requests by more than 175 Russian athletes to compete at the...

UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT:Goalball

HOW IT ALL BEGAN First introduced in 1946, goalball was created to assist in the rehabilitation of veterans with a visual impairment. Its popularity has only grown since then: the sport is currently practised in 85 countries. It debuted in the Paralympic Games at Toronto...

UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT: Wheelchair Rugby

HOW IT ALL BEGAN First introduced in 1977, in Winnipeg, Canada, wheelchair rugby was the initiative of a group of quadriplegic athletes seeking alternatives to wheelchair basketball. It was initially named murderball because of the sudden impact between players. The first international championship was held...

The IPC and Rio 2016 back public led #FillTheSeats campaign for Rio 2016 Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the Agitos Foundation, the IPC’s development arm, gave their full support on Tuesday (30 August) to a global fundraising campaign with an invitation to the world to fund 10,000 Brazilian youngsters to attend next month’s Paralympics. Launched last Tuesday (23 August)...

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