14 Memories For 2014

This month, join us in revisiting memorable moments for Canadian Paralympic sport in 2014. The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and the Commonwealth Games were the high profile events for Canadian para-athletes in 2014. But as is the case with their able-bodied counterparts, Canada’s high performance athletes with a disability travelled around the world to various competitions including World Cups and world championships and enjoyed plenty of success.

14 Memories of 2014: Must-see TV

Broadcast consortium logos

More Canadians than ever watched the Paralympic Games this past winter from Sochi. The CPC created a first-of-its-kind Paralympic media consortium (CBC/Radio-Canada, Sportsnet, Yahoo!, AMI and SendtoNews) and led a broadcast strategy that redefined Paralympic sport coverage in Canada.  An audience of 8.8 million Canadians tuned-in to the hundreds of hours of available coverage both on conventional TV and on-line. 

14 Memories of 2014: CPC delivers value

CPC logo on hockey jersey

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) won the 2014 Most Valuable Amateur Sport Property award at the Canadian Sponsorship Forum in July. The distinction marked the first time the CPC had won the prestigious award created in 2012 by Ipsos Reid and TrojanOne - and showed the rapidly growing awareness and value of the Paralympic brand in Canada.

14 Memories of 2014: Mainville draws battle lines

Pierre Mainville

Wheelchair fencer Pierre Mainville posted the best World Cup result of his career in 2014, earning a silver medal in epee at the stop in Lonato, Italy. The next day he would add a bronze in sabre against a stellar field.

Pierre Mainville

14 Memories of 2014: Kid in the Hall

Mac Marcoux

Aged only 16, visually impaired alpine skier Mac Marcoux went to the Winter Paralympic Games for experience and came home with a gold medal in the giant slalom and bronzes in the Super G and downhill with guide Robin Fémy. Marcoux and his older brother B.J., his regular guide who was injured just before the Sochi Games, were inducted this fall in the Sault Ste Marie Sports Hall of Fame.

14 Memories of 2014: Gold on repeat (2)

Wheelchair curling team at Sochi 2014

Led by Opening Ceremony flag bearer Sonja Gaudet, Canada won its third consecutive Paralympic Games gold medal in wheelchair curling in Sochi. Gaudet, Jim Armstrong, Ina Forrest, Denis Thiessen and Mark Ideson went 7-2 in the round robin before beating China and Russia in the playoffs.

14 Memories of 2014: Dispaltro rolls to number-one

Marco Dispaltro in London 2012

At the world boccia championships in Beijing, Marco Dispaltro defeated the number-one ranked player in the world en route to a fourth place finish in the solo competition. That key victory nudged the St-Jérôme, Que., resident into the number-one spot in the world rankings even though Dispaltro was left off the podium for one of the rare occasions in his international career.

14 Memories of 2014: Canadians tackle silver in wheelchair rugby

Wheelchair rugby team photo

Canada maintained its number-two world ranking in wheelchair rugby this year, earning the silver medal at the world championships held in Denmark. The Canadians beat the number-one Americans in the semifinal before finally being figured out by Australia in the championship match. Canada’s Zak Madell was named the tournament MVP.

14 Memories of 2014: Stein sinks two Canadian records

Nathan Stein

After an injury-plagued 2013 season, Surrey, B.C., resident Nathan Stein returned with a vengeance to the Canadian para-swimming team in 2014. At the Para Pan Pacific Championships this past August in Pasadena, Stein won the gold medal in the 100-m butterfly and silver in the 100-m freestyle. In both events he lowered Canadian marks held by 19-time Canadian Paralympic medallist Benoît Huot.