2016 Rio Paralympic Games

9/9/2016
 

The Paralympic Games in Rio are now underway! CNIB will be cheering on all the athletes competing in the games. We're especially proud to support CNIB staff member Christine Robbins and CNIB Board Member Victoria Nolan, who are both competing in Rio.

Originally from Abbotsford, B.C., Christine Robbins works out of CNIB's Ottawa office as a Specialist, Strategic Policy and Research. Christine, who was born with vision loss, came from a family of world-class athletes. Her parents encouraged her to pursue sports, including horse riding and skiing. Christine became a triathlete after going to a para-triathlon event with Triathlon Canada. She's currently in Rio competing in the Game's first ever para-triathlon.

"It's amazing. It's going to be really special being part of the debut of para-triathlon," Christine told CBC. "It's a little bit of history. I feel really privileged to be part of it."

Christine’s event is the Women - PT5 (triathlon) takes place on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at 18, Victoria Nolan went on to became a special education teacher. After the birth of her children, Victoria took up rowing. She has faced many challenges because of her RP, but it has never deterred her from succeeding in her career ― or at the Paralympics.

Victoria has competed on the Canadian National Rowing Team in five World Championships and two Paralympic Games. Victoria competed in the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 and London in 2012.

Victoria tells Chatelaine magazine, “To be in such a big crowd of people who are all passionate about their sports but also overcoming disabilitiesthere are no words to describe it.

Victoria's event is Rowing LTA Mixed Coxed Four and takes place Friday, September 9 through to Sunday, September 11.

Paralympic sports exist so athletes with visual, physical or intellectual disabilities have equal access to complete and be successful in sports.

Canada has a team of 162 athletes competing in 19 sports at the Paralympic Games until September 18.

Para-canoe and para-triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time in Rio and each sport will stage six medal events – evenly split between male and female athletes. Other sports taking place in the Rio Paralympic Games includes Goalball, sailing and athletics.

You can watch the Paralympic Games online at: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/watch-online

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