The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games concluded Sunday, and as Canada’s Paralympians return home they are reflecting on their experiences. We look back by sharing some of the best posts on social media from the Canadian Paralympic Team, its fans, and Canadian media.
Despite all the challenges, the 2020 Paralympic Games was a major success thanks to the organizers and volunteers on the ground in Tokyo. Canada’s Closing Ceremony flag bearer Brent Lakatos paid tribute.
Thank you to @japan and Tokyo for hosting these games. They did an amazing job in the hardest situation, and we athletes will be forever grateful. The volunteers/organization/safety/kindness of the Japanese people will never be matched. Arigato!— Brent Lakatos (@BrentLak) September 7, 2021
Aurélie Rivard won a team-high five medals in Tokyo. She is most proud of the impact it will have on young people with disabilities.
Paralympic Games Para swimming champion Danielle Dorris was honored by the City of Moncton after she retuned home.
Gold medallist Nate Riech talked about his journey and the people that helped him get to the top.
So I'm going to do my best to sum up where my mind is at, not the best at this, but here it goes.— Nate Riech (@NateGraywolf) September 7, 2021
WOW! what a couple days. It's been overwhelming & so fun at the same time. I feel like I've been living in a dream!
I want to take this time to thank my inner circle, it's been pic.twitter.com/bQp8v4kwbd
Part of the Canadian team support staff as it returns home from Tokyo.
Canadian astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar thought the Canadian performances in Tokyo were out of this world.
WOW CANADA 🇨🇦 #Tokyo2020 @CDNParalympics #Paralympic #TeamCanada @AthleticsCanada— Dr. Roberta Bondar (@RobertaBondar) September 5, 2021
Congratulations ALL of our dedicated athletes YOU inspire us Thank you coaches trainers families-extended/close, support systems GO🇨🇦GO🇨🇦GO🇨🇦GO🇨🇦GO🇨🇦GO
Canada won 21 medals at the Games. Here is a video recap of the country’s podium finishers.