Men’s wheelchair basketball team picks up first win at Games
With a 74-64 victory against the Republic of Korea, the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team, including Regina’s Nik Goncin and Garrett Ostepchuk, secured their first win of the Tokyo Paralympics.
The two teams battled throughout the game, with the lead going back and forth. With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Korea led Canada 62-59, but the red and white took advantage of multiple fouls and turnovers by Korea to retake the lead and claim the eventual victory.
Patrick Anderson led Canada —who are now 1-3— with 29 points, followed by Goncin with 23.
Canada plays their final game of the round robin against Colombia on Day 6. Playoffs and classification games will follow.
Canada defeats Italy in women’s sitting volleyball
The Canadian women’s sitting volleyball improved their record to 1-1 at the Paralympic Games on Day 5 after defeating Italy 3-1.
Canada won the first two sets, 25-16 and 25-14, but Italy stopped the sweep with a 25-15 victory in the third. The red and white captured the W with a 25-18 win in the fourth and final set.
Melfort’s Julie Kozun had nine points in the game.
Canada will play their final round robin game against Japan on Day 8.
Frotten makes Paralympic debut on track
Regina wheelchair racer Jessica Frotten made her Paralympic debut on Day 5, competing in the women’s T53 800-metre race.
Frotten finished the race with a time of 1:56.79, not fast enough to qualify for the event’s final.
Frotten has multiple events still to come at the Games, including the T54 women’s 1500-m on Day 6.
Ens sets new personal best on Day 5
Para swimmer Nikita Ens set a personal-best time in the women’s S3 50-metre backstroke on Day 5, finishing her heat with a time of 1:10.82.
Unfortunately, the time didn’t qualify her for the event’s final.
Ens, who hails from Meadow Lake, has one more event at the Games, the S3 100-m freestyle, which will take place on Day 6.
Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 5 recap here…wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos earned his second silver medal of the Games, finishing the men’s T53 400-metre race with a time of 46.75 seconds…in the men’s PTS5 Para triathlon, Canada’s Stefan Daniel earned bronze with a time of 59 minutes and 22 seconds…the Canadian women’s 4×100-m Para swimming relay team, consisting of Aurelie Rivard, Morgan Bird, Katarina Roxon and Sabrina Duchesne, won bronze with a time of 4:30.40…Canada’s medal count: 11 (one gold, six silver, four bronze).