Canadian Athletes Shine at Rio 2016 Paralympics

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    Aurelie Rivard wins Canada's first gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and sets a world record in the process. Image courtesy of CBC.

    Three days into the competition, Canadians have made seven trips to the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Runners, cyclists, and swimmers, these athletes all offered an incredible source of inspiration in their performances.

    Canada’s first gold at the games was won by swimmer Aurélie Rivard in the Women’s 50M Freestyle S10.* Rivard’s time of 27.37 is also a brand new world record.

    Aurelie Rivard wins Canada's first gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and sets a world record in the process. Image courtesy of CBC.
    Aurelie Rivard wins Canada’s first gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and sets a world record in the process. Image courtesy of CBC.

    Renaissance woman Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, BC added to the medal haul with a gold in the Women’s 400m T52 final. Stilwell is one of two female paralympians who have won gold in two separate sports – Stilwell was also a member of the 2000 Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team that took gold at the 2000 games in Sidney. She’ll also compete in the 100m race next weekend, an event where she scored silver at the London 2012 games.

    Brent Lakatos out of Dorval, Quebec raced his way to gold in the Men’s 100m T53. This is Lakatos’ fourth medal at the games, his first at 100m and his first gold. He took silver at the 200, 400, and 800m races in London four years ago.

    Visit the Canada page at the official Rio 2016 site for more results and for a full schedule of when Canadian athletes will be competing.

    *A helpful guide on the classification system used in the Paralympic games can be found here.

    -Ravi Singh