Canada’s top Para athletes set to compete at Paralympic Winter Games in one year – Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
Message courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee
– Beijing 2022 runs from March 4 to 13, 2022
– The Canadian Paralympic Media Consortium, including CBC / Radio-Canada and AMI, to broadcast the Games live across Canada
Ottawa, March 4, 2021 – Canada’s Paralympics will hit the slopes, ski lessons and ice at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games a year from now, as the opening ceremony countdown officially hits 365 days on Thursday.
The Canadian Paralympic team just had a thrilling and record breaking performance three years ago in PyeongChang, winning 28 medals with numerous personal bests and milestones along the way. Despite the lack of competitive opportunities over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s top winter para-athletes continue to train and prepare for the Games, with new goals for Beijing 2022.
“I think and celebrate the many Canadian athletes who continue to dedicate themselves to achieving their Paralympic goals,” said Josh Dueck, Chef de Mission for the Beijing 2022 Canadian Paralympic Team. “The Pursuit of Excellence demands incredible focus and drive, and now more than ever we need to let our cheers go to our athletes who represent our great country.
“The Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of an athlete’s career, and our athletes will be strong and passionate representatives of Canada’s voice as we uplift, motivate and inspire all Canadians through our actions on and off the field. game.
The award-winning Canadian Paralympic Media Consortium will continue to be the official broadcaster of Beijing 2022 after the Tokyo Games – which this summer will offer prime-time coverage for the first time, hosted by Scott Russell of CBC Sports – marking the fifth consecutive Paralympic Games. bring live action to Canadians across the country. Led by the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the consortium is made up of several media partners, including CBC / Radio-Canada and AMI. CBC / Radio-Canada continues to be the home of the Paralympic Games in Canada, reinforcing their commitment to the Paralympic Movement with substantial coverage planned for the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo and Beijing.
The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will be held March 4-13, 2022, and Canada is expected to compete in all five sports (para-alpine skiing, para-ice hockey, para-Nordic skiing – biathlon and cross-country, para. -snowboarding and wheelchair curling.).
Mark Arendz, Beijing 2022 prospect, para-Nordic skiing – Eight-time Paralympic medalist, flag bearer of the PyeongChang 2018 closing ceremony: “It has been reassuring throughout the past year to remain focused on the start of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. Acting as an unwavering anchor and point of reference. A point where I can still watch and direct myself despite the surrounding chaos. Now the goal becomes more focused, in just a year. Reaching the one-year mark is exciting, everything just got easier – with just one focus on the Games. Most of the work has already been done, but the fun prep begins now. “
Mollie Jepsen, Beijing 2022 prospect, para-alpine skiing – Four-time medalist at PyeongChang 2018: “It’s been tough not racing this year, but as a team we are very focused on the bigger goal, representing Canada at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. We had more training days on the snow this year than ever before and were able to focus on areas we might not have been able to reach otherwise. Although we didn’t compete, as a team we got stronger and more motivated to do our best at the Games. The tough years always teach us a lot and we all come out of this season knowing we are at our best.
Beijing 2022 prospect Tyler McGregor, captain of the Canadian national para-ice hockey team – Two-time Paralympic medalist: “The past year has made us miss and appreciate even more what we love about sport. We are excited because in a year we will be able to celebrate the passion, the competition and the connection of sport in Beijing, and not just as a team or a country. The Games offer everyone something to look forward to and give us the chance to unite, and this is what we need most in the world after this past year. We look forward to participating in the 2022 Paralympic Games. ”
Beijing 2022 prospect Mark Ideson, captain of the Canadian National Wheelchair Curling Team – Double Paralympic Medalist: “Just being out of a year for a year makes the heart beat faster and the competitions spread. We are very excited for the next Games in Beijing and will work as hard as possible over the next 12 months to be ready to represent Canada. Obviously last year has had its challenges, but we think we’ve made the most of the situation and will be good to go once we are able to get back on the ice.
Sandrine Hamel, Beijing 2022 hope, para-snowboard – PyeongChang 2018 Paralympian: “I am extremely proud of the progress I have made over the past year despite the situation with the coronavirus. I hope to have the chance to represent Canada a second time and to show what I am capable of doing on the international stage.
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