Over 4,000 athletes, from more than 170 member nations of the International Paralympic Committee, are competing in the first edition of the Paralympic Games ever to be held in South America, in Rio de Janeiro
22 Paralympic sports are being contested in Rio
Over the course of 11 days of competition, 528 events will yield 225 medals for women, 265 for men and 38 mixed medals
In 1968, Canada participated in its first Paralympic Games in Tel Aviv, Israel
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Its goal is quite simply to make Canada the leading Paralympic nation on earth. The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations. For more than 30 years, the CPC has led the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games, and to encourage all Canadians with a disability to become involved in sports.
“When our athletes with a disability find international success at Paralympic Games, it inspires all Canadians with a disability to become involved in sports and reach their individual potential,” said François Robert, Executive Director, Partnerships, Canadian Paralympic Committee.
The CPC traces its roots back to Toronto orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Jackson who was instrumental in having Canada compete in the Paralympic Games for the first time in 1968 when the event was held in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dr. Jackson later became the President of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association and the founder of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Over the years, more sports and more athletes with differing disabilities expanded the scope of the CPC. Today, the Association works with 38 parasports in Canada – 31 summer and seven winter sports. 28 of these parasports are part of the Winter or Summer Paralympic Games giving them the special distinction of being a Paralympic sport.
“Support from government and donors such as Power Corporation is critical to the operation of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and is helping us reach our goal of making Canada the leading Paralympic nation in the world,” said Mr. Robert.
Prior to the Sochi Games, the Committee launched an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the Paralympic Games and Canada’s presence there. The slogan for the campaign, which features a number of Paralympic athletes, is “It’s not what’s missing, it’s what’s there.”