Top 5 Paralympic Sports: Day 1

  • Authored on September 8, 2016

Swimmer Aurelie Rivard holds up her pointer finger symbolizing number one while sticking out her tongue with a smile in the pool at the end of a race.

Each day of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, AMI gives presents the top five sports to watch, with a focus on Canadian athletes from the blind and partially sighted community. 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


Judo athlete Priscilla Gagné has never shied away from challenges. The Montreal resident, QC and Granby, QC native broke both of her feet during a tournament in 2011, but fought back to be stronger than ever. Gagné couldn’t attend the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Opening Ceremony in person, but said watching AMI-tv’s live described video was a better experience than being there in person for an athlete who is blind. Learn what Gagné’s family learned about description by watching AMI-tv in the YouTube clip below and watch our profile of her quest for Paralympic gold. She is competing in the 52 kg women’s quarterfinals today vs. Algeria.

Wheelchair Basketball

On the women’s side, Tracey Ferguson and the Canadian team take on emerging powerhouse Great Britain. And Canadian flag bearer David Eng and the Canadian men’s team take on basketball-mad Spain in its opening match.

Check out our profile on Canadian men’s team veteran and workhorse, Bo Hedges.

Track Cycling

Canadian individual pursuit cyclists Daniel Chalifour, Nicole Clermont and Marie-Claude Molnar hope to make it to the top of the podium in their respective disciplines.

Watch AMI’s feature story about track cyclist Ross Wilson’s journey to Rio.

Football 7-a-side

The men’s preliminaries kick-off with two world-class matches; Brazil vs. Great Britain in the morning, and the Netherlands vs. the United States in the evening. Look for more exciting football action with football 5-a-side (blind soccer), starting on Day 2).Buff up on your knowledge of the powerhouse squad from Argentina, better known affectionately as the Blind Bats.


Canadian athletes like fan-fave Aurelie Rivard and 19-time Paralympic medallist Benoit Huot hope to make a huge splash in the pool, as swimming action begins at Rio 2016. Check out AMI’s documentary Are You #PARATOUGH? featuring several Canadian swimmers in their quest for Paralympic glory.