Archive for the ‘Sports/Paralympics’ Category

Alex Zanardi moved to new hospital after reaching clinical, neurological stability

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

Italian auto racing champion-turned Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi was transferred to a hospital in Padua on Saturday to continue his recovery, more than five months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Paralympian Brittany Hudak helping others through social work during pandemic

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

After organizers cancelled the 2020 World Para-Nordic Ski Championships due to COVID-19 concerns, 2018 Paralympic bronze medallist Brittany Hudak of Prince Albert, Sask., pledged to find her own silver lining in the midst of the pandemic. She would turn to her degree in social work.

Double amputee’s Olympic hopes dashed after losing appeal against prosthetics ban

Monday, October 26th, 2020

American double amputee Blake Leeper has lost his appeal against a ban on the running blades that allow him to compete with able-bodied athletes, ending his chances of taking part at the Tokyo Olympics next summer.

Despite horrific bike crash, Para-cyclist Kate O’Brien refuses to quit chasing her dreams

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Kate O'Brien went from bobsledder to track cyclist after narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 2014 Winter Games, but the 2016 Summer Olympian is a survivor above all. Overcoming a horrific bike crash that put her in a coma, O'Brien embodies the heart of a champion.

Canada’s Brent Lakatos wins London Marathon men’s wheelchair race

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

A racing wheelchair that Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., designed earlier this year paid instant dividends on Sunday as he won the men's event at the London Marathon in one hour, 46 minutes and four seconds.

Paralympic cyclist Chernove chasing BC Epic 1000 record, but Tokyo remains top of mind

Friday, July 17th, 2020

Starting July 18, Tristen Chernove departs from Fernie, B.C., and will bike over one thousand kilometres to Merritt. He also made the event a fundraiser with money going to the Paralympic Foundation, the same organization that helped Chernove transition into competitive cycling.

Alex Zanardi’s neurological condition grave after accident in handbike event

Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Italian race car champion-turned-Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi remained stable Sunday but is at risk of unforeseen complications, doctors say, after crashing his handbike into a truck and smashing his face on Friday.

Bureaucratic fight forcing some athletes to miss out on Tokyo Games

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Canada's wheelchair basketball program will go into Tokyo with a different team than it qualified with due to new eligibility policies put in place by the sport's organizing bodies.

Canadian wheelchair basketball player ruled ineligible to compete at Tokyo 2020

Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Four-time Canadian Paralympian and two-time Paralympic gold medallist David Eng has been ruled ineligible to compete at Tokyo 2020. The decision came down on Thursday as a result of the athlete eligibility reassessment process conducted by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.

In 2 crazy weeks, Erica Gavel defended masters thesis and qualified Canada for Tokyo 2020

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
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Since joining Canada's national wheelchair basketball team in 2014, Erica Gavel has balanced sport and education. But the two worlds came to a boiling point this past summer and the experience will help Gavel stay balanced in Tokyo 2020 where she'll compete but also see her research applied directly to athletes.