(July 17, 2015 – OTTAWA, ONT.) -- Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the 16 para-cyclists selected for nomination to represent Canada at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
Canadian riders at the Parapan American Games will be able to earn valuable points towards qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
The team features Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ont., Shelley Gautier of Toronto, Marie-Ève Croteau of Quebec City, Marie-Claude Molnar of St-Hubert, Que., and Daniel Chalifour of Mont-Laurier, Que., who all competed at both the last Parapan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011 and the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.
Alexandre Cloutier of St-Antoine-de-Tilly, Que., Mark Ledo of Maple, Ont., and Robert Labbé of Quebec City were in London while Louis-Albert Jolin-Corriveau of Ste-Claire, Que., was in Guadalajara.
“The Parapanam Games is always a great opportunity to gauge where we are from an international competitiveness standpoint,’’ said Jacques Landry, Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director and Head Coach. ‘’It’s an even better opportunity do so in front of our home crowd. We hope that the processes we plan to use to win medals at the Parapanam Games will be successful and also bring success to Canadian para-cycling at the 2016 Paralympic Games.”
Weldon, a visually impaired racer, won four gold medals at the 2011 Parapan Ams and the road race crown in London, all with now retired pilot Lyne Bessette. The pilots on the para-cycling team for Toronto are Audrey Lemieux of Montreal, Joanie Caron of Rimouski, Que., and Cloutier.
“With 16 athletes this is one of our bigger teams at the Parapan Am Games,” said Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young. “It’s nice to see the return of several veterans and emergence of some newcomers as well.”
A couple of newcomers to watch for are Ross Wilson of Edmonton, Michael Sametz of Calgary, former triathlete Charles Moreau of Trois-Rivières, Que., and Nicole Clermont of Sherbrooke.
“The announcement of the Canadian Para-Cycling Team means we are one step closer to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. Congratulations to the athletes named to the team who will proudly wear the maple leaf as they compete in Toronto during the Year of Sport in Canada. We are very proud that the track cycling events will be hosted at the new Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome, one of the three legacy facilities of the Games, which will provide a place for Canadian cyclists to train for years to come,’’ said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games tickets are currently on sale. The Parapan goalball competition will take place at the Mississauga Sports Centre in Mississauga from August 8 – 15. Tickets are available online at TORONTO2015.org/tickets.
With a goal of finishing in the top three nations in the total medal count, Canada is expected to send approximately 220 athletes to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15. Qualification is ongoing and the full team will be officially announced in July 2015.
Team Canada PARA-CYCLING
- Louis-Albert Jolin Corriveau, Ste-Claire, Que.
- Daniel Chalifour, Mont-Laurier, Que.,
- Alexandre Cloutier, St-Antoine-de-Tilly, Que. (guide)
- Ross Wilson, Edmonton
- Michael Sametz, Calgary
- Charles Moreau, Trois-Rivières, Que.
- Mark Ledo, Maple, Ont.
- Robert Labbé, Quebec City
- Shelley Gautier, Toronto
- Marie-Ève Croteau, Quebec City
- Marie-Claude Molnar, St-Hubert, Que.
- Nicole Clermont, Sherbrooke, Que.
- Robbi Weldon, Thunder Bay, Ont.
- Joanie Caron, Rimouski, Que. (guide)
- Shawna Ryan, Saskatoon
- Audrey Lemieux, Montreal (guide)
Coaches: Eric Van den Eynde, Longueuil, Que., and Sébastien Travers, Bromont, Que.
Team manager: Arnaud Litou, Gatineau, Que.
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High-Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers community programs to promote Cycling in Canada. For more information, please visit: www.cyclingcanada.ca
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca
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