Checking in with Paralympians: Athletes reminisce and prepare

Canadian Paralympic Committee

October 26, 2020

20 years since Sydney; Para Nordic skiers back on snow

Kate O'Brien

Canada’s Paralympians are staying busy, getting back to training, sharing their stories and opinions on social media, and more. We will check in regularly with what the nation’s Para athletes have been up to and share some of the top highlights here. 

Here’s a quick look at some recent updates: 

Nordiq Canada held a media event last week on the first day of outdoor training for the 2020-21 season and multiple Paralympic Games medallists Brian McKeever and Mark Arendz were among the athletes in this report as they get ready for the final season before the 2022 Paralympic Games.



At the same event, Paralympian Brittany Hudak also gave her impressions on what is an unusual season.



At Kate O’Brien was a member of the 2016 Olympic cycling team. Since then there has been tragedy followed by triumph, as she made her Para cycling debut earlier this year and became a world champion. explains her story.



Josh Vander Vies, assistant chef de mission for Canada at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and Paralympic medallist in boccia, took on the ParaTough Cup: Home Edition challenge by testing the waters in sitting volleyball. See how he did and then visit to find out how you can try it too. 



Arinn Young, Canada’s standout women’s national team wheelchair basketball player was recently in the spotlight. She says she is still striving to be at the top of her game which is bad news for the rest of the world.



In episode four of his learning to swim series for Radio-Canada, 20-time Paralympic medallist Benoit Huot explains the three types of essential training for improving your swimming skills.

The International Paralympic Committee is celebrating great moments from the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, which marks its 20-year anniversary this month. Canada was third in the overall medal standings and were a big part of the highlights. Here are some.




Sydney was the first Games for many of Canada’s biggest Paralympic stars including Stephanie Dixon, Benoit Huot, Patrick Anderson and wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell, as she recalled in a tweet: 

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