Goncin finds his way

Wheelchair Basketball Canada profile on Nik Goncin

Wheelchair Basketball Canada, November 4, 2019
Photo Credit: Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Toronto – Nik Goncin credits wheelchair basketball with giving him a renewed sense of direction in his life after he lost his left leg to cancer at the age of 15. A rising star since he began playing the sport in 2008, Goncin is poised for the biggest year yet of his career with his compass firmly set towards Tokyo 2020 and a growing desire to give back to the sport.

“Tokyo 2020 will be my second Games experience so my approach is going to be completely different,” said Goncin. “I’m four years older and I’m at a different place in my life.”

Goncin feels much more comfortable with his game and knows what to expect going into Tokyo thanks to previous team trips to Japan. With less than a year to go before the Paralympics, he also recognizes there is much work still to be done.

“I’m confident that I will be where I want to be come Tokyo 2020.”

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Basketball Olympic qualifier

Three Saskatchewan connections to Canada Basketball Olympic qualifier roster

Canada Basketball, October 25, 2019
Photo Credit: Canada Basketball / Victory

Canada Basketball announced the athletes and team staff attending the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Americas Tournament in Edmonton next month.

The group includes Regina’s Quinn Dornstauder, Saskatchewan-based head coach Lisa Thomaidis and Saskatoon physiotherapist Rhonda Shishkin.

“It’s always such an amazing experience when you get to have meaningful games played in Canada,” said Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “With our road to Tokyo going through Edmonton, we couldn’t ask for anything more.  We are excited to showcase the team that we have put in place for these games, and know that the quality of the competition and the athletes that will be on display will not disappoint.”

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Newkirk has sights set

Para swimmer Shelby Newkirk keeps Paralympic dream alive with silver medal at World Para Swimming Championship

Ryan Flaherty, Global Saskatoon, October 23, 2019
Photo Credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Saskatoon’s Shelby Newkirk is ready with eyes forward to the 2020 Paralympic Games.

The 23-year-old para swimmer and 2018 Saskatchewan Sport Award Female Athlete of the Year won a silver medal in the S7 100-metre backstroke at the World Para Swimming Championship in London in September. She also competed in the W 50 m Freestyle S7, W 100 m Freestyle S7 and the W 100 m Breaststroke SB6 at the Championship.

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Molleken on baseball roster

Regina’s Molleken named to Baseball Canada Olympic qualifier roster

Baseball Canada, October 8, 2019
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/Christopher Morris

Ottawa – Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of 28 athletes selected to represent Canada at the 2019 WBSC Premier12® that will take place from November 2 – 17.

The 12-nation event will see Canada compete in Group C at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea with opening round games against Cuba, host South Korea and Australia. The top two teams in the group will advance to Japan to compete in the Super Round from November 11-16.

Two spots in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be awarded at Premier12 with one going to the highest-placed finisher from the Americas and one to the highest finisher in the Super Round/Finals from the Asia/Oceania region.

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Para athletes head to worlds

Four Saskatchewan connections selected to represent Canada at 2019 World Para Athletics Championships

Athletics Canada, September 27, 2019
Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Ottawa – Athletics Canada announced today the 28 athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. The meet will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 7-15, 2019.

The group includes Saskatoon’s Ilana Dupont and Saskatchewan-based Jessica Frotten, as well as coaches Carla Nicholls and Rick Reelie.

The team is comprised of 15 men and 13 women, with 13 athletes returning from the 2017 World Championships team that finished 15th among competing nations at the event in London, England. Two years ago, Canada won 9 medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) and earned 38 top 8 finishes.

“Diversity is the word that comes to mind,” said Carla Nicholls, Athletics Canada’s Para Performance Lead. “We have a great mix of veterans and rookies, men and women, with multiple sport classification entries – all who will be competing for a spot on the podium.”

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Gavel’s sights on 2020

Prince Albert’s Erica Gavel looks to return with Canada to Paralympic Games

Global News, September 10, 2019
Photo Credit: Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee

After helping Canada to a Paralympic berth at the 2020 Tokyo Games, Prince Albert’s Erica Gavel looks to return as an athlete.

The 28-year-old wheelchair basketball player competed with Canada in Rio in 2016 and helped Canada secure a berth with a 67-64 win over the United States at the Parapan Am Games in August.

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Gilbert helps Canada qualify for 2020 Olympic Games in softball

The Canadian Women’s National team punched its ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a 7-0 run-rule win over Brazil at the 2019 WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier.

Softball Canada, September 1, 2019
Photo Credit: Softball Canada

Surrey, B.C. – The Canadian Women’s National team punched its ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a 7-0 run-rule win over Brazil at the 2019 WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier on Sunday. Canada became the fifth country to qualify for Tokyo 2020, joining Italy, Japan, Mexico and the United States. The sixth and final spot will be determined at the Asia/Oceania Qualifier, which will take place September 24-28 in China.

The Women’s Softball competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 22-28, 2020.

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Goncin helps Canada qualify

Goncin helps Canada qualify for 2020 Paralympics Games in wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair Basketball Canada, August 31, 2019
Photo Credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team finish Lima 2019 with silver, a 5-1 record, and a berth into the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The USA defeated them 76-43 to win the gold medal, while Colombia finished third.

With the top three teams in the tournament earning berths into the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, both Canada and the USA already punched their tickets to next year’s best-on-best tournament. Colombia secured the third and final qualification spot for the Americas zone when they defeated Argentina 58-51 and won Lima 2019 bronze.

It was Canada’s sixth consecutive podium appearance having won gold in 2003, silver in 1999, 2007 and 2015 and bronze in 2011. The Parapan Am tournament is the direct qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

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Gavel helps Canada qualify

Gavel helps Canada qualify for 2020 Paralympics Games in wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair Basketball Canada, August 31, 2019
Photo Credit: Dan Galbraith/Details Group

It was a game of inches with Canada emerging victorious to seize gold in women’s wheelchair basketball at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. In a back-and-forth battle that saw six lead changes, and the score tied ten times, the Canadians saved their best for last outscoring the USA by eight points in the fourth quarter to triumph 67-64 over their southern neighbour.

The game marked Canada’s sixth consecutive finals appearance at the tournament having won gold in 1999 and 2003, and silver in 2007, 2011, and 2015.

The Parapan Am tournament serves as the direct qualifier for wheelchair basketball to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Both Canada and the USA, along with Brazil, who won bronze in Lima, have qualified for next year’s Paralympic on the women’s side.

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Shaw on route to 2020

Scott Stinson, National Post, March 20, 2019

Keely Shaw, from Midale, Sask., had top results in 2019 at the Para cycling world championships in the Netherlands.

The results for the first step in earning a spot for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

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