Tokyo 2020 Social Check-in: Paralympians ready to compete

Canadian Paralympic Committee

August 24, 2021

Wheelchair rugby star talks of team pride


The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is finally here! And as Canada’s Paralympians compete over the next two weeks, we’ll take the daily pulse of the Games excitement on social media by sharing a few of the best posts from the Canadian Paralympic Team, its fans, and Canadian media.

Be sure to follow @CDNParalympics on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news and posts. 

Here’s a quick look at some recent updates: 

Radio-Canada’s Paralympic Games expert Keven Breton talks about Canada’s medal prospects in Tokyo. He sees wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos and Para swimmer Aurélie Rivard as multi-medal contenders.



Zak Madell, the star scorer on Canada’s wheelchair rugby team, talked to CTV Montreal about the motivation to bounce back from a heartbreaking fourth place in Rio and the pride the team takes in the fact wheelchair rugby was invented in Canada.



It may be her fourth Paralympic Games but the excitement never gets stale for 2016 Para swimming champion Katarina Roxon.



Devin Heroux of CBC has already been interviewing several Canadian Paralympians on the ground in Tokyo. He was intrigued whether medal hopeful in boccia Alison Levine still wore her lucky red shoes from 2016.



Nik Goncin of the men’s wheelchair basketball team checks out the court in Tokyo. The team’s first game is August 26 against Spain.



The Canadian Para canoers are in Japan. Their events only start next week so they are at a camp on Lake Kiba. Brianna Hennessy is tuning up for her first Games.



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