Top 5 Paralympic Sports: Day 3

Flag bearer for Team Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and wheelchair basketball star David Eng takes a shot from close to the free throw line.

Each day of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, AMI presents the top five sports to watch, with a focus on Canadian athletes from the blind and partially sighted community. Saturday is such a busy day at Rio 2016, we've made it a top seven list so you don't miss any of the action! See the AMI-tv schedule for described video the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on CBC, as well as weekend coverage of high-performance sport. For more information regarding daily coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games on CBC, please visit

Wheelchair Basketball

Fast and furious action continues on the hardcourt. The Canadian women take on Argentina in the morning, and the men will try to roll past a tough Australian squad in the afternoon.

Table Tennis

Richmond, B.C.’s Stephanie Chan has won medals in three consecutive Pan American Games, culminating in gold last summer in Toronto. This is the first time that Tennis Canada ever had a player ranked in the top-10 compete at the Paralympic Games She goes up against a very tough competitor in Korea’s Kim Seong-Ok.


There’s lots of boccia action at Rio 2016 today. Canada's team of Lulian Ciobanu, Marco Dispaltro and Alison Levine take on Brazil first, and later in the day, China. As well, the team of Eric Bussiere, Bruno Garneau and Marylou Martineau battle Korea and Brazil.

AMI This Week visited the Canadian boccia squad earlier this year and explains the dynamics of the Paralympic sport.


The para-triathlon comprises a 750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run. Calgary’s Stefan Daniel has high hopes of bringing home a Paralympic gold for Canada.


Hard slamming action as Canada’s Tony Walby grapples with Argentina’s Jorge Lencina – it’s the big boys – the 90 kg group. 


The Pan Am Games gold medal-winning men’s team from Canada swings into action against a highly trained German squad looking for a spot on the Paralympic podium.

Track Cycling

Michael Sametz, silver medallist at Parapan Am Games, is joined by relative newcomers Tristen Chernove and Ross Wilson, who won Canada's first silver medal on Day 2 of the Games and recently talked to AMI about his Paralympic journey