Today is the first day of competition at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and Canada has already locked in spots on the podium. Two Canadian athletes secured the nation’s first medals, one racing in the velodrome and the other racing in the pool.
Track cyclist Keely Shaw claimed the first one in the women’s C4 3,000 metre individual pursuit. The 27-year-old from Midale, Saskatchewan made her debut and won her race in three minutes 48.342 seconds. Aurelie Rivard won a bronze in the S10 50-metre freestyle final with a time of 28.11 seconds. Born in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec this bronze victory counts as her sixth Paralympic medal.
Other Canadian teams competed in opening matches on Wednesday. The women’s goalball team lost 5-1 against the Russian Paralympic Committee and the men’s wheelchair rugby team also lost their opener to Great Britain. The women’s wheelchair basketball team took the victory today over Great Britain.
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