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Medal Bonanza for Canadian Para-Swimmers at Parapan American Games

Para-swimmers won Canada’s 17 medals on Sunday to boost the host country from fourth to second overall in the podium count at the Parapan American Games.

Canada now boasts eight gold, 11 silver and 14 bonze for 33 overall after 16 trips to the podium on Saturday. Brazil leads at 16-10-8-34 and Mexico is third at 7-6-8-21. Colombia is fourth and the U.S. fifth.


The steady stream of trips to the podium by Canadian swimmers turned into a raging torrent as Canada won 17 medals on Sunday.

Morgan Bird, of Calgary, won two gold medals, Nicolas Turbide, of Quebec City, won his second gold in as many nights and Canadians swept two events to finish the night with five gold, five silver and seven bronze.

Turbide and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., also set Americas records as Canada increased its count to 24 medals (six gold, nine silver, nine bronze), tops so far at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre.

Gold medallists were: Bird S8 400-meter freestyle and 50-m freestyle; Turbide S12-13 100-m backstroke; James Leroux of Repentigny, Que., S9 100-m breaststroke and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., S8 50-m freestyle.

Silver medallists: Devin Gotell of Montreal in the S12-13 100-m backstroke; Isaac Bouckley, Montreal S9 100-m breaststroke; McAllister S8 400-m freestyle; Aurelie Rivard, Ste-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., S9 100-m breaststroke and Katarina Roxon of Kippens, N.L. in the S9 400-m freestyle.

Bronze medallists: Tyler Mrak of Aldergrove, B.C., S12-13 100-m backstroke; Alec Elliot, of Kitchener, Ont., S9 100-m breaststroke; . Chris Sergeant-Tsonos of Kingston, Ont., S8 50-m freestyle; Zach Zona of Waterford, Ont., S8 400-m freestyle; Sabrina Duchesne of Quebec City, S8 400-m freestyle; Sarah Girard of Montreal S9 100-m breaststroke; and Canada’s 4×50-m 20-point mixed relay team of Tammy Cunnington of Red Deer, Alta., Daniel Murphy of Bedford, N.S., Adam Purdy of London, Ont., and Valerie Drapeau of Longueuil, Que.,

“I did not see that coming,” said Bird, 21, who has cerebral palsy. “It’s been a busy night for me. I followed both race plans well I think. I’m really happy with the results.”


Janet McLachlan scored 13 points to lead Canada to an 80-39 victory against Mexico in women’s wheelchair basketball at the Parapan American Games.

Tracey Ferguson and Rosalie Lalonde added 12 and 11 apiece for the Canadians. Canada and Brazil are tied atop the pool A standings with 2-0 records.

“I’m feeling very good, we played well. It was an important game for us, and we came out well,” said McLachlan. ” I think we come into every game with that goal in mind, to play the best basketball we can as a team; we’ll see where we end up. We have our goals, but the first thing is to play good basketball.”


Team Canada Wheelchair Rugby beat Colombia 76-32 to remain undefeated in the round robin pool at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. Though Canada leapt out to an early lead, the game’s hard hits kept the fans cheering.

“We don’t take anyone lightly,” said Canada’s Zak Madell after the game. “Every team is gunning for us, so we always bring out best.”

Madell and teammate Fabien Lavoie led each scored 19 points. Colombia’s Jhon Orozco Nunez, however, was the game high scorer with 20 points. Unfortunately, Colombia’s 39 turnovers made it difficult for them to close the lead.

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Story from the Canadian Paralympic Committee |