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Daily Updates from Rio 2016 by Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
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DAY #7

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 // Quarta-feira, 14 Setembro, 2016

A special edition of Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.
A daily update from Rio 2016 by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Featuring daily news from the Games about how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are performing, athlete profiles and their social media, live from Rio!


Find out how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are faring at the Rio Paralympics

Canada's Wheelchair Rugby Begin Their Quest For The Podium

Defending Paralympic silver medallists, the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby team started their Rio 2016 Paralympic campaign today, taking on the 19th-ranked hosts from Brazil.  The Canadians led from start to finish, Zak Madell (Victoria, BC) scoring at the 13 second mark and the team racing off to a 62-48 win. The Canadians are currently the number four team in the world.  

Team members also include: Ian Chan (Richmond, BC), Byron Green (Vancouver, BC), Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC), Fabien Lavoie (Vancouver, BC), Travis Murao (Victoria, BC), Patrice Simard (Québec, QC), Mike Whitehead (Hollis, NH) and Miranda Biletski (Victoria, BC), one of few females playing at the international level in the mixed sport.

Another Canadian Record in the Pool in Rio

Swimmer Jonathan Dieleman (Vancouver, BC) got the day off to a rocking start with his race in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke - SB3 heats.  Dieleman came in with a spectacular time of 50.08s, a new Americas record.  This qualified him for the afternoon's finals, where he had an excellent finish, placing 5th.

Nathan Stein (Port Coquitlam, BC) raced his fourth and final discipline at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, tonight taking on the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay - 34 Points.  Also racing in the relay was fellow CSI Pacific-affiliated athlete, Nathan Clement (West Vancouver, BC), who was in his third event of the Games.  The two were joined by teammates Alec Elliot & Zack McAllister.  The Canadian team came in 7th in the finals with a time of 4:12.60.

Additional News:



In the Men's Goalball quarter-finals this afternoon against Lithuania, Brendan Gaulin (Vancouver, BC). Doug Ripley (New Westminster, BC), Ahmad Zeividavi (Coquitlam, BC) and their Canadian teammates were part of the most exciting match of the Rio Paralympic Games so far.  Down 4-3, the Canadians scored with 28 seconds left to force extra time and it took nearly five extra minutes and a double-overtime session before Lithuania found a winner, ultimately taking the match 5-4.  The men leave Rio with an 8th place finish.

The Women - including CSI Pacific-affiliated athlete Ashlie Andrews (Vancouver, BC) - played their quarter-final an hour and a half later, taking on the U.S.A.  The Americans used superb defence to win the match 2-0.  The Canadian women end the tournament in 6th place.


Back on the water after a day with little wind, Jackie Gay (Victoria, BC) and John McRoberts (Victoria, BC) got back to taking on their international competition in the SKUD18 class.  In order to make up for having only one race yesterday, the team had three races today, coming in third in Race 4 and fourth in Race 5 before having an unfortunate UFD disqualification in Race 6.  After six races, Gay and McRoberts sit in 3rd position overall.

After yesterday's lack of wind meant no races whatsoever for 2.4mR class sailor Bruce Millar (Victoria, BC), he faced a difficult day on the water in Races 3-5 today.  Millar's boat could not finish in Race 3 before being fixed up for Race 4, in which Millar placed 8th.  In Race 5, Millar was black flagged, leaving him in 11th overall after five races. He has a chance to make up ground with three more races on Thursday.


In the Road Time Trial B for CSI-affiliated pilot Joanie Caron (Rimouski, QC) and her partner Shawna Ryan, the duo finished 13th overall.  Caron & Ryan next take on the Women's Road Race B on Saturday at 9:05am PST.


John McRoberts

Sport: Sailing: Two-Person Keelboat, SKUD18
Born: September 14, 1962
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Hometown: Victoria, BC


While tandem para-cycling is a visually impaired event, the rider at the front is a sighted pilot. Under UCI rules, a professional cyclist must not be active for 12 months in any UCI professional tour (starting January 1 of the year) or be selected to any national team in a UCI-sanctioned championship, except Masters (over 40), in order to apply as a para-cycling pilot.


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