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Canada closes out 2008 Beijing Parlaympic Games ranked seventh in nation standings
The Canadian Paralympic team finished the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games with a total of 50 medals (19 gold, 10 silver and 21 bronze), placing it seventh in the official medal standings by nation. There were a record 147 nations participating in the Games, up from 136 in Athens 2004, 122 from Sydney 2000 and 103 in Atlanta 1996. September 17, 2008

Petitclerc closes with 5th gold
Canadian Chantal Petitclerc won the 1,500-metre wheelchair race (T54) in Beijing on Tuesday, a fitting end to an exceptional Paralympic career. It was her fifth gold medal of the Beijing Games, which will be her last Paralympics. September 16, 2008

Canadian track star Stilwell takes 2nd Paralympic gold
Canadian racer Michelle Stilwell captured her second gold medal of the Paralympic Games with a victory in the women's 100-metre T52 for wheelchair track athletes Monday in Beijing. September 15, 2008

More medals, world records for Petitclerc
What a day for Chantal Petitclerc. In the span of 90 minutes, the Canadian wheelchair racer won two gold medals and established two world records at the Paralympic Games Sunday in Beijing. September 14, 2008

Canada's Dixon wins first Paralympic gold
Stephanie Dixon travelled to Beijing as one of the most decorated Canadian athletes ever to compete at the Paralympic Games. During the previous two Olympics, the Victoria resident won a total 13 medals, including six golds. And while the 24-year-old swimmer found success in the pool early on by winning a pair of silver medals and a bronze in Beijing, the top of the podium had eluded her through six days of competition. September 13, 2008

Gotell leads another Canadian sweep in the pool
The same three women who earned Canada a sweep on the second day of the Paralympic Games duplicated their impressive feat again on Friday in Beijing. Chelsey Gotell, of led the all-Canadian podium finish, winning the women's 200-metre individual medley for the S13 visually impaired in a world-record time of two minutes 28.15 seconds. September 12, 2008

Petitclerc captures 10th Paralympic gold medal
Montreal's Petitclerc continued her farewell to the Paralympics as she won her 10th career gold medal by taking the women's 400-metre T54 for wheelchair track athletes with a season-best time of 52.02 seconds at China's National Stadium. Petitclerc missed breaking her own world record by 11-100ths of a second. September 12, 2008

Canadian wheelchair star Roy wins silver in race re-do
Canadian Diane Roy took silver in the women's 5,000-metre wheelchair race at the Beijing Paralympic Games on Friday, denying her bid to reclaim the gold medal taken away from her in a controversial decision earlier in the week. September 11, 2008

B.C.'s Stilwell breaks Paralympic record in women's 200
Canada's Michelle Stilwell set a Paralympic record en route to a gold medal in the women's 200-metre T52 for wheelchair track athletes Thursday in Beijing. September 11, 2008

Victoria swimmer Dixon wins 2nd Paralympic medal
Canadian swimmer Stephanie Dixon earned her second medal of the Paralympics following a silver-medal performance in the women's SM9 200-metre individual medley on Thursday in Beijing. September 11, 2008

Third gold, second world record for swimmer Valérie Grand’Maison at Paralympic Games
Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal won her third gold and established a second world record with a victory in the women’s 100-metre freestyle for visually impaired on Wednesday in swimming action at the Paralympic Games. Chelsea Gotell took the silver in a personal best and Kirby Cote was fourth. September 10, 2008

Petitclerc golden in Beijing
Chantal Petitclerc won gold today at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Petitclerc’s medal is her 17th in Paralympic Games competition, she’ll look to add to her impressive medal tally by competing in the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 metre races later this week. Petitclerc swept those five events at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens by winning gold in every one. September 10, 2008

Stefanie Reid wins Bronze in 200 metres
Stefanie Reid from won bronze today at the 2008 Paralympic Games in the women’s amputee 200 metres with a seasonal best time of 28.85 seconds. Earlier in the day Reid competed in the F44 long jump finishing fifth with a jump of 4.61 metres. September 9, 2008

Protest takes gold away from Diane Roy in women’s 5,000 wheelchair race
A reported three-country protest forced Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., to hand over her gold medal earned in the women’s 5,000-metre wheelchair race in track and field action on Monday at the Paralympic Games. September 8, 2008

Grand'Maison smashes world record
Canadian Valérie Grand'Maison continued her terrific start to the Beijing Paralympics by winning her second gold medal of the competition in the women's 400-metre freestyle on Monday. Grand'Maison, who won the 100 butterfly Sunday, smashed the world record with a time of four minutes 28.64 seconds. September 8, 2008

Grand'Maison leads Canadian sweep in women's butterfly
Valérie Grand'Maison got Canada off to a flying start at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing with a gold medal to lead a sweep of the podium in women's 100-metre butterfly for visually impaired. The rising Montreal star was followed to the wall by Kirby Côté and Chelsey Gottell in the silver and bronze positions at the Water Cube. September 8, 2008

Quebec's Roy races to gold on track at Paralympics
Diane Roy of Hatley, Que., raced to gold in the women's 5,000 metres Monday to capture Canada's first track and field medal at the Paralympics. September 8, 2008

B.C. equestrian rider jumps to silver
Lauren Barwick of Langley, B.C., won her first career medal after finishing second in the women's Equestrian. Barwick earned the silver in the Individual Championship - Grade 2 for athletes with reasonable balance and abdominal control including amputees. September 8, 2008

Canadian cyclists, swimmers get first crack at Paralympic medals in Beijing
Canada's Paralympic cyclists and swimmers have the first chance to win medals on day one of competition, following an extravagant opening ceremony to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on Saturday evening. Team Canada consists of 143 athletes competing in 17 of the 20 sports at the Paralympic Games. September 6, 2008

Paralympics as valuable as Olympic Games
Regardless of the number of medals Canadian Paralympians win in Beijing, athletes should take pride in their achievements, says veteran wheelchair racing legend Chantal Petitclerc. The Montreal star, who will be taking part in her fifth and final Games when competition begins on Sunday, said the Paralympics should be considered as prestigious as the Olympics. "That means the value of these medals is, in many events, the same value as an Olympic medal," said Petitclerc, a 14-time Paralympic medallist who has won eight golds. September 5, 2008

Cockburn a class act for flag-bearer
August 24, 2008 - Trampolinist will carry Canada's banner into closing ceremony. For someone who bounces up and down so much, Karen Cockburn has never been the outgoing type. But Sunday night in Beijing, the Toronto native will be front and centre on the world stage, carrying Canada's flag into the closing ceremony of an Olympics she helped turn into a solid success for her home country.

Canada's synchronized swimmers make a splash
August 24, 2008 - Oh, so close. That's the only way to describe the performances of Canada's synchronized swimmers at the Beijing Games. Russia swept synchronized swimming gold medals in Beijing, winning the team event on Saturday, three days after taking gold in the duets.

Last Olympic shot for Canada's Nattrass?
August 24, 2008 - We may never again see Canada’s shooting trailblazer at the Olympic Games. Susan Nattrass says Beijing is “probably” her last Olympics. In 1976, Nattrass lined up at the Montreal Games and became the first woman to compete as a shooter at the Olympic level.

Canada's Sergerie kicks to taekwondo silver
August 22, 2008 - Karine Sergerie fought her way to Canada's best-ever finish in taekwondo at the Olympic Games, winning silver in the 67-kilogram event on Day 14 of competition in Beijing.

Heymans wins silver in 10-metre platform
August 21, 2008 - Canadian diver Emilie Heymans turned in her best-ever individual Olympic performance, capturing a silver medal Thursday in the women's 10-metre platform.

Canada's Lopes-Schliep wins hurdles bronze
August 19, 2008 - Canadian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep won a bronze medal in the 100-metre hurdles final late Tuesday at the Beijing Olympics, a race won by Dawn Harper of the United States.

Gay Olympians in short supply
August 18, 2008 - Only 10 of the 10,500 athletes competing in the Beijing Olympics are openly gay, according to a study by a gay website. Some gay athletes fear that coming out would bring disapproval from fans and team mates, others worry about the damage to endorsements, Outsports.com said. Unwarranted media attention could also detract from their performances, it added.

Canada's Cockburn wins silver in trampoline
August 18, 2008 - Canada's Karen Cockburn won the silver medal in the women's trampoline at the Beijing Games on Monday, her third Olympic medal in the event. Cockburn, of Stouffville, Ont., earned a score of 37.00 for her routine, which had a degree of difficulty of 14.4, to earn Canada its eighth medal overall of the Games.

Canada wins silver medal in team jumping
August 18, 2008 - Canada earned a silver in the team jumping competition on Day 10 at the Olympic Games, giving veteran rider Ian Millar his first medal in his ninth Olympic appearance. Jill Henselwood and Eric Lamaze also competed for Canada.

Boxing officials push for women's events at Olympics
August 18, 2008 - Amateur boxing's top officials think it's long past time for female fighters to stand on the Olympic podium. Women's boxing should be added to the 2012 London Games, the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) executive committee formally proclaimed Monday, announcing plans to develop a detailed proposal to put before the International Olympic Committee later this year.

Seven CAAWS affiliated women heading to Beijing for Olympic and Paralympic Games
August 17, 2008 - Seven women who have been associated with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity will be involved in significant roles at this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

Women's double sculls win bronze in photo finish
August 17, 2008 - Canadian women's lightweight double sculls rowing pair Melanie Kok and Tracy Cameron clinched the bronze medal on Sunday in a photo finish at Shunyi Olympic rowing park.

Wrestler Verbeek captures Canada's third medal
August 16, 2008 - Canadian wrestler Tonya Verbeek won the second Olympic medal of her career and Canada's third of the Beijing Summer Games on Day 8 of Olympic competition. The Beamsville, Ont., native won bronze in the 55-kilogram weight class.

Canada's Huynh grapples to gold
August 16, 2008 - Wrestler Carol Huynh of Hazelton, B.C., has won Canada's first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics. The 27-year-old captured gold on Day 8 of the Games in the 48-kilogram freestyle weight class over Japan's Chiharu Icho by a score of 4-0 and 2-1.

IOC launches Beijing 2008 Olympic Games online Channel
August 4, 2008 – The IOC will launch an online Channel to broadcast the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in 77 territories across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including India, Republic of Korea, Nigeria and Indonesia, it was announced today.
Tanya Dubnicoff – Formidable Athlete Transitions into a Coach to be Reckoned With
Coaching Assoc of Canada, August 5, 2008 – Leadership is bred in Tanya Dubnicoff’s bones. Gutsy performances on the cycling track made her a favourite of Canadian sport fans throughout her 12 years as an international athlete. A three-time Olympian, representing Canada in 1992, 1996, and 2000, she is the first, and so far, the only Canadian woman to win a world match sprint title.
Leah Robinson – At 14, she's the youngest Canadian to compete
That makes her the youngest Canadian -- able bodied or not -- headed to the Olympics in Beijing.

Eyes on the Games - ParalympicSport.TV!
July 25, 2008 - ParalympicSport.TV is a top quality 24/7 television channel broadcasting via the Internet. Free of charge, people all over the world are able to watch live and delayed programming, or see the coverage on demand later.

Perdita Felicien, Sylvie Bigras lend their voices to anti-doping message
June 19, 2008 - The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Canadian Olympic Committee have collaborated to provide all Beijing-bound athletes and their support personnel with anti-doping information specific to the upcoming Olympic Games.
GIRL4GOLD

The search is on for athletic girls who have what it takes to win olympic gold
June 13, 2008 - Are you a GIRL4GOLD? UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport are searching for highly competitive sportswomen with the potential to become Olympic champions in time for London 2012.

VANOC

VANOC files defense statement on women's jumping suit
May 30, 2008 - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games filed a Statement of Defense on Friday morning in response to the Statement of Claim issued by several female ski jumpers on Wednesday, May 21, 2008.

BC Supreme Court

New lawsuit targets VANOC in jumping fight
May 23, 2008 - The athletes named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court spoke out Thursday at a press conference in the hopes of ensuring that women ski jumpers have the same Olympic opportunities as male ski jumpers.

IOC honours Abby Hoffman
March 12, 2008 - Abby Hoffman was honoured by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the IV IOC World Conference on Women in Sport in Jordan. She is a member of Athletics Canada's Board of Directors (Ex-Officio).

Landmark Budget for Sport
February 27, 2008 - In one of the most important federal budgets in Canadian sport history, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty confirmed a new, on-going, annual investment of $24M in support of Canadian summer sport athletes, coaches, and programs.
Sylvie Bernier Named 2008 Chef de Mission
March 12, 2006 - The Canadian Olympic Committee announced today
that Olympian Sylvie Bernier (diving, Ste-Foy, Que.) has been appointed as
Canada's Chef de Mission for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
   

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