With such a successful Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games for Team Canada, it was hard to choose just 15 highlights. It's time for a walk down memory lane. For all photos of Team Canada at Toronto 2015, please visit photos.paralympic.ca.
1. Golden girl: Aurelie Rivard
Aurelie Rivard swam a world record breaking time in the S10 100-meter freestyle to win a record sixth gold medal. “It don’t know where that came from,” - Rivard after seeing her time of 59.17 seconds.
2. Wheelchair Basketball Men’s & Women’s take silver & qualified for Rio
“I’m really proud of my teammates to be able to fight that hard and never give up even though we were down by a lot. The crowd was amazing. Even though we were down, their energy showed that Canada was behind us and it just made us not give up and keep wanting to go more. I just can’t thank the fans enough.” - David Eng
3. Wheelchair Rugby team pushed to GOLD
In a game that couldn’t have been scripted better by Hollywood, Canada’s wheelchair rugby team came from behind to win gold at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. The team has now qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
4. Triple Gold for Daniel Chalifour and guide Alexandre Cloutier
’A super week, we came in here with some question marks but we performed beyond our expectations. It’s hard to ask for better.’’ – Daniel Chalifour
5. Men’s & Women’s Sitting Volleyball Teams both take bronze
Canadian women put their name in the hat for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. “The emotions right now are hard to describe,” said Orr. “There was a point in my life I thought I was never going to play again and here I am going to Rio with the team I love and the sport I love.”
6. Goalball teams battled for bronze & qualified for Rio
"This feels pretty darn fantastic, we all put in a lot of effort together as a team and this just feels amazing. We played really well and we just need to do even better for Rio.” - Tiana Knight
7. Unreal flag bearers, Marco Dispaltro & Zak Madell
“I feel very humbled and honoured to join the ranks of many great men and women who have been Canadian flag bearers,” said Dispaltro. “When I think of the journey that led me to this moment, I can't help but think of all the people that were instrumental, in making this moment a reality.”
8. Brent Lakatos & Alex Dupont raced to golden hat-tricks
"It's easy when you're in front of a crowd like this, with everyone cheering for you, it just gives you that motivation, I'm proud to be able to do that at home in Toronto." – Brent Lakatos
"I came with confidence, if you come here expecting to finishing second or third that's what you will do. So every time I go somewhere I go there thinking, I will win." - Alex Dupont
9. First ever major Games medal for Wheelchair Tennis
Joel Dembe and Philippe Bédard, won the bronze medal in men’s doubles as wheelchair tennis .
‘’I think it shows that anything can happen. I’d argue we were probably the underdogs going in.” – Joel Dembe
10. CBC broadcasting
CBC and SRC reached over 9 million viewers tuned into the coverage of the Parapan American Games. That’s 1/4 of the population. Scott Russell hosted throughout the Games with Paralympians Chantal Petitclerc and Greg Westlake. While Marc Durand & Philip Gagnon hosted on SRC.
11. Team Canada cheer: CAN-a-dA! EH-EH-EH!
12. Best ever Parapan Am Games for Team Canada
Canada concluded its most successful Parapan Am Games finishing second in the overall medal count behind Brazil and ahead of the U.S. Canada set a bold objective of a top 3 overall standing for the 2015 Parapan Am Games. Team Canada collected a total of 168 medals (50 Gold, 63 Silver, and 55 Bronze).
13. Stephanie Chan reserved a Table Tennis spot for Rio
“I’m so excited and can’t believe it. I’ve practice a lot for this for the past four years. I’ve played Giselle before and beat her so I was really confident. And going to Rio is a dream come true. I can’t put it into words.” – Stephanie Chan
14. 3 podium sweeps in the pool
“You never get used to it, you are at home . . . family, everyone is here. I’m very lucky to be able to live this moment. I was behind the blocks and said ‘Ben, just have the time of your life.’ And this is what I did.” – Benoit Huot
15. Canadian Fans
We couldn’t have done it without you. Every athlete was ecstatic about how amazing and supportive the fans were and competing on home soil – it doesn’t get better than that.
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