Canadian Paralympians find success in Rio

University is a great place, but the issue with it is that some students don’t have a TV. And the ones who do have a TV usually have no cable. This is a serious problem. How are supposed to watch our fellow Canadians in the Paralympics?

Well, the best I can do is give an update here of some Canadian Paralympic highlights that you might like to be filled in on.

Let’s start with Canada’s first gold medal of the Rio Paralympics. Aurelie Rivard is a 20-year old swimmer from Quebec making her second Paralympic appearance. She won Canada’s first 2016 Paralympic medal in the 50-metre freestyle S10. Her time of 27.37 is considered a new world record.

But the fun didn’t stop there for Rivard – she was a highlight for Canada this year, winning four medals in total, three of them being gold. She won her other two gold medals in the 100-metre freestyle and the 400-metre freestyle. In the 400-metre, she shattered the world record of 4:32:79 with a time of 4:29:26. Rivard also won silver for the 200-metre individual medley S10.

Swimmer Benoit Huot, 32, ended his Paralympic career by winning bronze in the 400-metre freestyle. He has represented Canada in five Paralympics now, leaving him with a total of 20 medals.

Wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos won three medals. The 36-year old won gold in the 100-metre and silver in the 400-metre. He captured his third medal with a bronze in the 800-metre.

Michelle Stilwell, another wheelchair racer, won two gold medals. She won the first in the 400-metre race, and the second in the 100-metre with a time of 19:42, a new Paralympic record. Stilwell now has a total of six career gold medals. One of those medals is from being on the wheelchair basketball team. Stilwell is the second female Paralympian to win gold in two different summer sports. Stilwell was forced to switch from basketball to track after issues arose with her spinal cord injury after the 2000 Paralympic Games.

The Canadian cyclists had an exciting day last Wednesday, winning five medals in one day, which brought their total to eight. Tristen Chernove raced in the 20-kilometre C2 and won the first cycling gold medal of the 2016 Paralympics. It was his third medal after winning silver and bronze in track cycling.

Stephanie Chan was the first table tennis Paralympian in Canadian history to play for a medal. Chan, age 59, competed against Seong-Ok Kim of Korea for bronze but lost 3-1.

The men’s wheelchair rugby team had an exciting overtime victory against England, which landed them a spot in the semi-finals. They scored with less than a second remaining in the game for a 50-49 win.

Canada finished the Paralympics this past weekend with ______ medals to be proud of — _________ gold, __________ silver and _________ bronze. The next Paralympics will be in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. You have four years to buy that TV, Golden Hawks!

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