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My Experience at the 2011 Para Pan-American Games in Guadalajara Mexico

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My experience at the Para Pan-Am Games was memorable from start to finish.  The Canadian team as a whole were all so bursting with energy and excitement every day prior and during the competition.  Canadian flags coloured our walls and windows and the spirit of Canada spread further into the athlete village and sport venues with the maple leaf on our chests.  On the track Team Canada did amazing!  We earned as a team 16 medals with a number of personal bests and positive learning experiences. It was wonderful to be a part of my team mates’ successes as we left our mark on the track.

I raced the 100m and 200m with my guide runner Simon.  It was such a cool experience to have 12,000 fans cheering for you.  It felt like Canada was a favourite next to Mexico, the hosting country of the Games.  Simon and I raced hard and left it all on the track.  We finished 6th in both the 100m and 200m out of all the athletes from the 42 participating countries at the event.  We will take the overall experience from the Games and add it to our tool box as we continue to prepare for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England.

Check out this youtube link where the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) summarized the highlights of Day 2 of the event.  I am one of the athletes that was featured:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-CffVhzfGs