Canada’s LTA Mixed Coxed Four team made para-rowing history today winning the bronze medal, for the first ever medal for Canada in the sport since the inception of rowing at the Paralympic Games in 2008.
Canadian fans waited patiently in the Lagoa stadium for the last race of the day, the LTA Mix 4+ 1000 m final. Victoria Nolan (Toronto, ON), Megan Montgomery (Winnipeg, MB), Andrew Todd (Thunder Bay, ON), Curtis Halladay (Sudbury, ON) and Kristen Kit (St. Catharines, ON) got off to a strong start in the lead pack with GBR and USA. The Canadians looked strong, maintaining their third place position through the entire 1000m final with a glimpse of stealing the silver medal from USA.
“We knew we had a slower start but we just stuck to our race plan and gave the USA a run for their money.” said coxswain Kristen Kit. “We are extremely proud to make history today and really proud of the program we’ve worked on over the last year and a half.”
The youngest member of the team, Curtis Halladay (21 years old), was thrilled to be part of making history.
“As a team, we agreed that we would put every ounce of effort into this race and I know we did that,” said Halliday. “We left it all out there and that’s what matters.”
Story and Photo from the Canadian Paralympic Committee | Paralympic.ca