The Canadian Paralympic Committee Aims For Top-16 Overall At Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Swimmers meeting the criteria to be nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team

The Canadian Paralympic Committee has set a goal of a top-16 finish in the medal standings at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to be held September 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This goal was established following discussions with Own the Podium and assessment of national sport organizations’ medal predictions.

“We are confident in our member national sport organisations, athletes and coaches that they will leave no stone unturned and their hard work will pay off,” said Catherine Gosselin-Després, the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Executive Director, Sport. “It is harder now, more than ever, to make it on to the Paralympic podium because there are more sports and nations that are competitive, and the depth of field is emerging at a rapid rate.

“Such a tight depth of field will bring unprecedented drama and excitement of Paralympic sport competition to Canadian fans, and will keep them on the edge of their seats cheering for our athletes.”

The Canadian Paralympic Committee based its performance target on recent results, rankings and its current pool of athletes. Own the Podium agrees a top-16 would be a great achievement for Canada at the Games.

“Canada has set a lofty target for 2016, but we believe Team Canada are fully prepared and ready to be in the battle for medals,” said Anne Merklinger, Chief Executive Officer of Own the Podium. “The rest of the world is not standing still and the performance bar is constantly being raised.

“Along with our partners, we have remained focused to deliver the tools and resources our nation’s top Paralympic athletes require to achieve these goals.”

Selection process for the Canadian Paralympic Team is ongoing. Follow the team on Paralympic.ca or its social media channels on the Road to the Rio Paralympic Games.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee | Paralympic.ca

Photo: CSIO

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