Paralympics Opening Ceremonies, August 24, 2021

The Tokyo Paralympic Games officially kicked off with Para judoka Priscilla Gagné carrying the flag for Canada at the Opening Ceremony.

The focus now turns to competition with three Saskatchewan athletes set to compete on Day 1 in Tokyo.

Five swimmers will be in the pool, including Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk making her Paralympic debut in the S6 50-metre freestyle. Newkirk’s heat begins at roughly 7:30 p.m. (SK time) on Day 1, followed by the final at approximately 3:45 a.m. (SK time). Five-time Paralympic medallist Aurélie Rivard, Nicholas Bennett, Angela Marina and Alec Elliot will also compete in Para swimming on Day 1.

All of Canada’s four wheelchair fencers will be in action starting at 6 p.m. (SK time) on Day 1 including Asquith’s Ryan Rousell in the sabre event. Matthieu Hébert joins Rousell in the men’s A classification, while Pierre Mainville will compete in the men’s B category. Ruth Sylvie Morel will participate in the women’s A tournament.

Midale’s Keely Shaw will make her debut in Para cycling at the Izu Velodrome, competing in the women’s C4 individual pursuit. She won a silver medal in this event at the 2019 world championships, and finished fourth in the 2020 edition. Qualifying for Shaw begins at 7:56 p.m. (SK time) on Day 1.  

Livestream and on-demand broadcasts can be found on, and, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and the Radio-Canada Sports app.

Paralympic Notes... For a full Day 1 preview, visit… Other Canadian team’s in action on Day 1 include the women’s wheelchair basketball team against Great Britain, the women’s goalball team against the Russian Paralympic Committee and the men’s wheelchair rugby team against Great Britain.

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