Tokyo 2020 Social Check-in: T-1, Paralympic Games start Tuesday

Canadian Paralympic Committee

August 23, 2021

Chef de mission Stephanie Dixon receives special gift


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: 

If you hear the beat of a drum at a venue it is likely Canada’s chef de mission Stephanie Dixon, who received a special gift from the Squamish Nation.

Chef Dixon also ran into seven-foot-two discus thrower Greg Stewart and the pair hammed it up for the camera.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a special message to Team Canada and flag bearer Priscilla Gagné.

Canadian wheelchair fencer Ryan Rousell posted a picture of teammates Matthieu Hébert and Pierre Mainville keeping sharp in training in Tokyo. The swordsmen commence battle on Wednesday morning.


A post shared by Ryan Rousell (@ryanrousell)


Wheelchair racing star Brent Lakatos, scheduled to compete in six events in Tokyo from the 100-m to the marathon, was at training camp with his Para athletics teammate in Gifu, Japan. He looks in fine form.



Canada’s women’s goalball team, which plays its first game Wednesday morning against RPC, held its preparation camp in Sapporo. The athletes donned their new Japanese outfits for a team dinner.



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