The 2008 Paralympic Summer Games get underway in Beijing in just two days, and the Canadian team is ready to show the world what it can do!
The Games run from September 6 – 17 and the Canadian team is aiming for a top-five finish in the overall medal race.
143 Canadian athletes are now in the Chinese capital preparing for competition in 17 sports—archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball (men’s and women’s), boccia, cycling, equestrian, wheelchair fencing, goalball (men’s and women’s), judo, powerlifting, rowing, wheelchair rugby, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair tennis. Canada will not take part in sitting volleyball, five-a-side football, and seven-a-side football.
The Games kick off Saturday with the opening ceremonies, where swimmer Donovan Tildesley will lead the Canadian team into the Beijing National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest). Tildesley was selected to be the flag bearer from a group of three finalists, which included boccia player Paul Gauthier and wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc. Tildesley, a swimmer with a visual impairment, is a world record holder who continually gives back to the community. He too plans to retire after Beijing.
Competition officially gets underway on Sunday.
If you’re interested in catching Canada’s Paralympians in action, you can check out the following:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
The CBC will be covering the Paralympic Games on its main English TV network on the following dates:
Saturday, Sept. 6: 19:00 to 20:00 (Opening Ceremony)
Saturday, Sept. 13: 13:00 to 15:30
Saturday, Sept. 20: 12:00 to 13:00
Saturday, Sept. 27: 14:00 to 15: 30
Radio-Canada will be covering the Paralympic Games on its main French TV network on the following dates:
Saturday, Sept. 27: 14:00 to 16:00
Saturday, Oct. 4: 14:00 to 16:00
The CBC/Radio-Canada is also planning to do some webstreaming and may also broadcast some coverage on its English-language digital TV station bold.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will once again be presenting the Beijing Paralympic Games on paralympicsport.tv.
Multi-platform coverage in the United States
Universal Sports, the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee (BOCOG) and the IPC announced this week an agreement to provide the first-ever multi-platform broadcast coverage of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in the United States.
The Paralympic Games will be shown in the United States from September 6-17 with daily live and delayed highlight shows on UniversalSports.com.