Six Ontarians Must Watch at the Tokyo Paralympics

One third of the Canadian delegation to Japan comes from Ontario. Among a group of 42 Paralympic athletes aiming to promote the boycott in Japan, some stand out as earnest medal hopes for Canada.

Priscilla won

for judo

Even before the start of the competition, judoka Priscilla Gani from Sarnia shone. The 35-year-old proudly carried the Canadian flag during the opening ceremony, leading the squad of 128 Canadian athletes to the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Rank 2NS A world belt weighing 52 kilograms, Ghani hopes to reach the podium at his second Paralympic Games in Tokyo. I took the 5NS Ranking at the Rio Games in 2016.

Since these games in Brazil, I’ve filled the cabinet with trophies with the first major title at the Pan American Championships in 2018, then the bronze medals at the German Open in February 2020 and gold at the Pan American Championships in January 2020, to name a few. few.

The quarter-final match is scheduled for late Thursday.

Patrick Anderson

basketball wheelchair

Patrick Anderson won four medals in as many matches at the Paralympics.

Photo: Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Patrick Anderson plays basketball in a wheelchair as does Michael Jordan basketball. The 42-year-old, who grew up in Fergus, north of Guelph, is known as one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the icons of his sport.

Anderson participates in his fifth Paralympic Games. And he knocked out each of his previous four posts with a medal (3 gold, 1 silver). It has been absent from those in Rio. Without his services, Canada ranked 11NS Ring.

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The men’s team begins its campaign against Spain on Wednesday.

Rob Show

wheelchair tennis

Rob Shaw made his mark in the world of wheelchair tennis by winning the gold medal in the men’s quad class at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru, in 2019. He then beat the United States’ world number one David Wagner.

A North Bay athlete competes in the Paralympic Games for the first time. He is also the only Canadian representative of the sport in Tokyo.

The first round of the men’s singles tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

Jessica Tomilla

Jessica Tomilla at the finish line of the Edmonton Race with her guide.

Jessica Tomilla wrote A Page of History in Edmonton in 2018.

Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee

Jessica Tomilla, of Sault Ste. Marie, won’t be doing her first Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but rather her fourth.

The 38-year-old Ontario participated in swimming events in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. After eight years of quitting high-performance sports, she is back to compete in the Paratriathlon Games.

Tomela competed in her first Paratriathlon Games in 2017, then made history the following year, in Edmonton, becoming the first fully blind athlete to win a gold medal at the World Paratriathlon Circuit.

Accompanied by her mentor Marian Hogan, she won the Paralympic Test event in Tokyo and took the bronze medal at the World Cup in Spain last June.

The Paratriathlon competition will be held on Saturday morning.

Renee Fossil

Athletics for people with disabilities

Fourth in discus at the 2016 Paralympics, Rene Fossell’s pace hasn’t been slowed by the pandemic. A few weeks before the Tokyo Games, she set a world record in the F38 discus throw of 37.83 metres.

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The women’s F38 discus final has been set for September 4th.

Karen Van Nest

Karen Van Nest in a shooting competition.

Archer Karen Van Nest will compete in the Sixth Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Photo: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Parachutist Karen Van Nest of North Bay is arguably one of Canada’s most experienced Paralympic athletes. This summer in Tokyo, she participated in her sixth Paralympic Games.

She made her debut at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney and then studied shooting after the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In addition to shooting and archery, Van Nest also won a bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships.

The open single compound shooting event will begin on Friday.

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