Santiago 2023 Day 4 Preview: Para athletics competition begins at Parapan Am Games

Canadian Paralympic Committee

November 21, 2023

Goalball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby teams finish prelims

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SANTIAGO – Canada will be in action in eight sports at the Santiago 2023 Parapan Am Games on Tuesday, with Para athletics set for its first day of competition and several team sports rounding out preliminary play.

Here is what’s on the schedule for the Canadian Parapan Am Team on Day 4, Tuesday November 21:

Para Athletics
Canada’s track and field team is ready to take its moment in the spotlight, with seven athletes on tap to open the meet.

First up are David Bambrick and Jesse Zesseu, both in the men’s F37 Discus at 5:11 p.m. local / 3:11 p.m. ET. Liam Stanley will then race in the men’s T37-38 1500m at 6:04 p.m. He is the reigning Parapan Am silver medallist in this event.

Other athletes up are Michael Barber in the men’s T20 1500m at 5:58 p.m., Laura Calovini in the women’s F35-36-37 shot put at 7:32 p.m., Natalie Thirsk in the women’s T38 400m at 7:34 p.m., and Anthony Bouchard in the men’s T52 400m at 7:52 p.m.

Bouchard, Calovini, Thirsk, and Zesseu are all making their multi-sport Games debuts.

The Canadian women will complete preliminary play with a match versus hosts Chile at 12 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET. Currently 1-1, they will look to finish strong prior to heading into the quarterfinals.

Wheelchair Rugby
In its final game before the semifinals, Canada’s wheelchair rugby squad will take on rival USA at 3 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ET. Both teams are currently undefeated.

Kristyn Collins closes out the preliminary stage in women’s BC2 individual play at 9:30 a.m. local / 7:30 a.m. ET before the competition enters the playoff rounds.

Both Marco Dispaltro and Iulian Ciobanu will compete in the men’s BC4 playoffs at 10:40 a.m. local, looking for spots in the semifinals. Dispaltro won gold in this event four years ago at the Lima 2019 Games.

Already directly through to the semifinals are Lance Cryderman in men’s BC1, playing at 2 p.m. local, as well as Alison Levine in women’s BC4 at 4:40 p.m. and Danik Allard in men’s BC2 at 5:50 p.m.  

Wheelchair Basketball
Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball team, 2-0 in Santiago so far, will close out round-robin action early on Tuesday with an 8 a.m. game versus Colombia.

Para Swimming
Canada has a lighter schedule in Para swimming on Tuesday, with just four athletes set to race: Hunter Helberg in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB12 at 9:37 a.m., Jordan Tucker in the women’s 50m backstroke at 9:52 a.m., Myriam Soliman in the women’s 100m backstroke S7 at 10:08 a.m., and Alisson Gobeil in the women’s 200m individual medley SM5 at 5:53 p.m.

Wheelchair Tennis
Canada’s co-Opening Ceremony flag bearer Rob Shaw, who received an opening round bye, will make his Santiago 2023 debut. The defending Parapan Am quad singles champion will face Chilean Diego Perez in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. local / 9 a.m. ET.

He is joined in the quarters by teammate Mitch McIntyre, who posted a round of 16 win on Monday. McIntyre will challenge another Chilean, Francisco Cayulef, also at 11 a.m.

Shaw and McIntyre will also pair up for the quad doubles quarterfinals versus Americans Andrew Bogdanov and David Wagner, set for the last match on Centre Court. Rounding out the order of play for Canada on the day is Natalia Lanucha, facing off against Colombia’s Angelica Bernal not before 1 p.m. local in the women’s singles quarterfinals.

Shooting Para Sport
Doug Blessin and Lyne Tremblay will compete in the mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2. Qualification rounds start at 10:15 a.m. local / 8:15 a.m. ET.  

The complete schedule for November 21 can be found on the Santiago 2023 Parapan Am website HERE.


The free CBC Gem streaming service,, and the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices will be offering streaming feeds throughout the Games. Additionally, there will be broadcast on CBC TV as part of CBC Sports Presents weekend programming. For full details on broadcast and streaming schedules, please visit official broadcaster of Santiago 2023, the Pan Am Sports Channel, will also be available for free in Canada throughout the event, offering additional live feeds of sports coverage. Please note not all sports may be available each day.

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