Checking in with Paralympians: Para sport grabs the headlines

Canadian Paralympic Committee

December 07, 2020

Chef de mission 2022 and wheelchair basketball worlds in Canada are big news

Josh Dueck

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: 

Two of the biggest Canadian stories this year in Para sport occurred this past week.
First the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced that Paralympic Games sit-skiing champion

Josh Dueck of Vernon, B.C. is the Canadian Paralympic Team’s chef de mission for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

Dueck spoke to major media across Canada. Here are some samples.




Meanwhile, Wheelchair Basketball Canada announced on International Day of Persons with Disabilities that the 2026 world championships for men and women will be held in Ottawa. It’s anticipated it will be the biggest team worlds in Para sport history.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a congratulatory message: 





Hockey Canada featured Tyler McGregor in a gripping story about his ups and downs through a tough battle with cancer and becoming one of the great Para ice hockey players in the world.


To celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, World Curling spoke to two of wheelchair curling’s great, Canada’s own Mark Ideson as well as Sweden’s Viljo Petersson-Dahl.



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