Another strong contingent of athletes from B.C. is in for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with more than a quarter of the team hailing from this province.
Of the 162 athletes representing Team Canada, 44 of them either live or train in B.C. These Paralympians hail from 20 geographic regions throughout the province and will be participating in 14 events, with the majority competing in wheelchair rugby, rowing and athletics.
Those training in the province work with government partners at Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Pacific or PacificSport centres in the Fraser Valley, Okanagan and Vancouver Island. The B.C. contingent in Brazil will also include 13 CSI Pacific staff members – including sport scientists – who will serve national sport partners at the Games, 13 alumni members of the BC Games or Team BC, and nine coaches from around the province.
Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, and MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, will once again be competing for Team Canada in the T52 100-metre and 400-metre athletic events. She is also the only Canadian female athlete to be a Paralympic champion in two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics).