Even though Canada’s Paralympians are not able to compete right now, or train at their normal pace, they are still keeping themselves busy whether it’s doing at-home workouts, virtual chatting with friends and family, or sharing their stories in the news and on social media. Each week, we compile various top social posts and articles to see what Canadian Para athletes have been up to. Here are some highlights from the past week:
On July 18, Paralympic Games cycling multiple medallist Tristen Chernove is scheduled to attempt the BC Epic 1000, an almost entirely off-road and self-supported ride that will be a feat of mental and physical endurance. He is fundraising for the Paralympic Foundation of Canada, which raises funds to provide more opportunities for Canadians with a disability to be active in sport.
(Tristen Chernove story starts at 42:33)
Chernove set to take on epic 1,000 kilometre cycling challenge https://t.co/KpqVu8wyHQ— Cranbrook Townsman (@CranTownsman) July 9, 2020
And here at B-104 FM Radio
Canadian Paralympian Shelby Newkirk received some great news about the province of Saskatchewan opening pools in its next phase.
Sask.'s top para-swimmers excited for pools to reopen https://t.co/dqwNCPbw6V— CBC Saskatoon (@CBCSaskatoon) July 7, 2020
In a powerful story through Hillberg and Berk, Paralympic cycling hopefuls Carla Shibley and Meghan Brown talk trust, vision loss, and identity in sport.
Check out this article written by @hillbergandberk about our Lima 2019 Parapan Am closing ceremony flag bearer: Para cyclist, Carla Shibley and her pilot Meghan Brown! https://t.co/5rszJMVcTp pic.twitter.com/R54AQBYK8C— CDN Paralympics (@CDNParalympics) July 7, 2020
Another athlete to watch for 2021 is wheelchair basketball player Colin Higgins whether it’s the next chapter of his bright collegiate career or the prospect of becoming a Paralympian in Tokyo.
World record holder Nathan Riech posted his most recent blog last week where he updates his status and his “new normal” leading into his first time trial.
And here’s some footage from that time trial. Great job Nate!
Here’s some footage from today’s time trial. I ran 8:24.5 for 3000m, which is a 7 sec PB.— Nate Riech (@NateGraywolf) July 8, 2020
Next time trial will be next Wednesday at Noon. Thanks to everyone who watched on @viccityelite IG live! #trackandfield #trackisback #victoriabccanada🇨🇦 @AthleticsCanada pic.twitter.com/CmrZCz9MNC