Meet the athletes

Meet the athletes

Meet part of the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams Meet part of the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams

Nik Goncin Opens in a new window is an integral part of Canada’s Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. A former stand-up basketball player, he got involved in wheelchair basketball after losing his lower left leg to cancer.In 2015, the men’s wheelchair basketball team captured silver at the Toronto Parapan American Games, and they plan to keep the momentum going this year in Rio. Make sure you tune in to watch them battle it out against their fiercest rivals, USA and Australia, and see their two-a-day training sessions pay off. READ MORE

Jamey Jewells Opens in a new window, Cindy Ouellet Opens in a new window and Katie Harnock Opens in a new window are just three members of Canada’s extremely hard-working Women’s Wheelchair basketball team. And they have the hardware to prove it. They won gold at the 2014 World Championships and silver at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. Don’t miss them this year in Rio, where the women’s team looks to reach the podium for the fifth time in seven Paralympic Games. READ MORE

Meet part of Canada’s Para-Swimming Team Meet part of Canada’s Para-Swimming Team

As one of Canada’s key Paralympic medal hopefuls, Benoît HuotOpens in a new window is no stranger to the world stage. He has won an astounding 19 medals from four separate Paralympic Games. Born with a right club foot that inhibits his mobility, Huot has learned that surrounding yourself with a circle of trustworthy people is the key to success. That, and more than 30 hours of training a week. Look for him at the finish line of the 200m Individual Medley, the 400m Freestyle, and the 100m backstroke. READ MORE

While Aurélie Opens in a new window was born with a disability that affects her left hand, she won’t let that stop her from achieving her goals. At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games she collected six gold medals and set a world record in the 100-m freestyle, and at the London 2012 Paralympic Games she brought home silver when she was only 16 years old. Now she has her sights set even higher for Rio. Watch her training pay off when she competes in her top events: the 50-m, 100-m and 400-m freestyle, and the 200 IM. READ MORE

Meet Part of Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby Team Meet Part of Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby Team

After winning gold at the 2015 Parapan American games and silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Cody Caldwell Opens in a new window, Miranda Biletski Opens in a new window, Zak Madell Opens in a new window, Trevor Hirschfield Opens in a new window, and Patrice Dagenais Opens in a new window are hungry for more. Watch them and the rest of Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby Team take on their fiercest competitors in Rio: Team USA and Team Australia. There they’ll showcase the results of training 6-days-a-week, 3-hours-a-day. And trust us, there’s a good reason why Wheelchair Rugby is often referred to as Murder Ball. READ MORE

Meet Part of Canada’s Para-Cycling Team Meet Part of Canada’s Para-Cycling Team

After learning from his doctor that physical activity may be a way to help slow down the effects of his neurological disorder, Ross Wilson Opens in a new window hopped on a bike and hasn’t slowed down since. By 2012 he had not only lost over 100 pounds, but was also on his way to claiming a bronze medal at the Spain 2014 World Cup and a silver at the 2015 and 2016 Para-Cycling Track World Championships and capturing the canadian record in the Men’s C1 Individual Pursuit. You can expect no less from him in Rio, where he hopes his daily training will help Canada bring home more medals. Watch him in his main medal hopeful events: the 3k Individual Pursuit on Track and the 15k Individual Time Trial on the road. And if you want a taste of what’s going to happen, just try to keep up with his epic training video- you’d have no idea Ross is also paralyzed from his knees down. READ MORE

Meet Part of Canada’s Para-Athletics Team Meet Part of Canada’s Para-Athletics Team

Known as one of Canada’s most versatile para-athletes in track and field, Becky Richter Opens in a new window keeps herself busy training six days a week, at least two times a day. She splits her training time between discus, club throw, and wheelchair racing in the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500 metre disciplines. She won gold in club and bronze in discus at the 2015 Parapan American Games. This year, she’s aiming to add a couple more medals to her already impressive collection. And when she’s not training, Becky often mentors rehab patients and shares her personal experiences about returning to an active lifestyle after becoming a quadriplegic in a car accident. READ MORE

Pam LeJean Opens in a new window has emerged as one of Canada’s best throwers in para-athletics. She is on a roll after winning gold in shotput at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and silver at the 2015 IPC World Championships. She hopes to keep the momentum going in Rio, where you’ll find her on the field competing in the F53 shotput. After watching her compete, you’ll see just why she spends up to three hours a day training. READ MORE