Weekend review: New Brunswick wheelchair racer wins three gold at Canada Games

August 8, 2017

Veronica Coombs is the big Para athlete star so far at the 2017 Canada Games being held this month in Winnipeg.

Coombs won three gold medals in wheelchair racing at the Games for New Brunswick. The Shediac Cape racer placed first in her 200-m, 400-m and 1500-m races in the first week of the Games.

"I was expecting maybe a medal but I didn't expect gold, three times in a row," Coombs told CBC. "I have a lot people back home posting things about me saying, ‘Congratulations, we're proud of you and you've come a long way.'"

Para events are also being held in sailing and swimming.

Full results at: https://cg2017.gems.pro/Result/Sport_List.aspx?SetLanguage=en-CA

Victoria Coombs

Para athletics world juniors

In Notwill, Switzerland, Larissa Brown of Greely, Ont., and Zach Gingras of Markham, Ont., won two medals apiece in a five-medal performance for Canada at the Para athletics world junior championships.

Gingras took gold in the T35-38 800-m and bronze in the 200-m; Brown and her guide Andrew Heffernan of Ottawa notched silvers in the T11-13 100-m and 200-m while Michael Barber of Victoria won gold in the T20 1500-m.

Full results at: https://www.paralympic.org/nottwil-2017/schedule-results

Zach Gingras

Wheelchair rugby

Down under in Sydney, Australia, Canada placed fourth at a test event for next year’s world championships.

The Canadians opened the tournament with three wins before falling in their next three including the bronze medal match to the New South Wales Gladiators 65-54. Japan won the gold defeating Victoria Protect Thunder in the final 54-49.

Canada was also tuning up for the Americas Championships set for next month in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Para-swimming

Seven Canadian Para swimming records were broken this past weekend at the 2017 Canadian Swimming Championships in Montreal.

Records were set by:

Riley McLean of Vernon, B.C. in the S4 50-m backstroke

Maxime Rousselle of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in the S14 100-m breaststroke

Philippe Vachon of Trois-Rivieres, Que., in the 50-m butterfly

Tammy Cunnington of Red Deer, Alta., S4 100-m freestyle

Morgan Bird of Calgary in the S8 200-m freestyle

Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., in the SM9 50-m breaststroke

Emily Aumond of Mont-Tremblant, Que., in the S6 50-m butterfly.

‘’I’ve just come off some injuries so I know the time can be better,’’ said Roxon, who is tuning up for the Para Swimming World Championships next month in Mexico. ‘’I’ll be getting into some heavy training now and I’m confident I can be ready for the worlds.’’ Roxon's time was also a continental mark.

Full results: https://results.swimming.ca/2017_CSC/index.html