A Tuesday of Para-athleticism

Posted by Sam on August 12, 2015

Archive | Pan Ambling

The match took place downtown at the Ryerson Athletic Cente, formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens.
The match took place downtown at the Ryerson Athletic Center, formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens.

 

The Games were off to an amazing start with a spectacular Opening Ceremony, and they continue to delight us with every new medal. Yesterday, my colleague Rebecca and I got the chance to see one of the most anticipated sports of the Parapan Am Games, women’s wheelchair basketball!

 

 

The game, Canada versus Brazil, was full of fury, strength and determination. It was incredibly interesting to watch, particularly for people completely new to the sport like us. In the end, Team Canada won 82-51, unpacking a barrage of cheers and whistles from a refreshingly passionate crowd of red and white. Truly exhilarating.

As always, we nabbed some photos for your viewing pleasure. Check ’em out below:

 

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The famous (formerly) Maple Leaf Gardens.

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A warm welcome to our visitors as they made their way on to the court.
A warm welcome to our visitors as they made their way onto the court.

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All smiles before the starting toss.
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And so it begins!

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Multi-medal winner Tracey Fergusson.

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Intensity was the name of the game.
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For some reason a human-sized porcupine kept dancing around the arena…
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Some half-time fun
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I was told I was already “too jacked” to be featured in the buff-cam 🙁

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Uneasiness on the bench after a teammate fell over.


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Assistant Coach Michael Broughton congratulating his team on a well deserved win.
Assistant Coach Michael Broughton congratulating his team on a well-deserved win.


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Win or lose, both teams displayed great sportsmanship and respect for the game.

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The crowd’s cheers closed the game wonderfully.


Our first time at a wheelchair basketball event was a great experience, and we look forward to the rest of what Parapan Am has to send our way. There’s a lot more to come, so be sure to stay with us on our adventure through the Games. 

As always, if you find yourself at any of the remaining events throughout the week, throw us a picture or tweet us at @YorkUStudents. The more perspectives the better!

Sam
Sam

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