A total of 26 track and field athletes, including one guide, will be representing Canada at the Parapan American Games in Lima next month, it has been announced.
The team is made up of 19 men and seven women, with 15 athletes set to make their major Games debut in Peru’s capital.
Eight athletes have Paralympic Games experience, including F38 discus thrower Jennifer Brown, T64 100 metres sprinter Marissa Papaconstantinou, T37 1,500m runner Liam Stanley, T38 1,500m runner Mitchell Chase, F64 javelin thrower Alister McQueen and T13 5,000m runner Guillaume Ouellet.
They all competed at Rio 2016 with Stanley and McQueen both coming home with silver medals, in the T37 1500m and F44 javelin respectively.
The other Paralympians in the team are F11 discus thrower Ljiljana Ljubisic and F53 discus thrower Martha Sandoval Gustafson.
Completing the list of track athletes are Michael Barber in the T20 1,500m, Ben Brown in the T53 100m, Zachary Gingras in the T38 400m, Austin Ingram in the T13 100m, David Johnson and guide Adam Paul-Morris in the T12 400m, Thomas Normandeau in the T47 400m, Nathan Riech in the T38 1,500m and Amanda Rummery in the T47 400m.
The other field athletes are F37 shot put thrower David Bambrick, F20 shot put thrower Josh Farrell, T20 long jumper Gaerrisen Freeland, T36 long jumper Michael Johnstone, F55 discus thrower Sarah Mickey, F33 shot put thrower Harrison Orpe, T64 long jumper Janz Stein, F46 shot put thrower Greg Stewart and T64 long jumper Madison Wilson-Walker.
"This is the first Canadian team I’ve ever made and I saw my mum and dad both make teams, so it is definitely a dream come true," said Riech, the world record-holder in the T38 1500m, who will be competing in his first Parapan American Games.
"This is something that I’ve really worked hard for and I’m really excited to represent Canada.
"I’m going there to win and trying to do it the best way I can.
"All I’m going to worry about is executing my race plan and hopefully I’ll come out on top."
At Toronto 2015 , Canada’s Para-athletics team captured 43 medals, including 19 golds.
Six members of that squad are returning to compete at Lima 2019 - gold medallists Chase, Jennifer Brown, Farrell and Ouellet, as well as Ben Brown and McQueen.
"The whole of last year I’ve been injured, so to be able to be back in time for the Parapan Am Games after a year of injury is a big thing for me," Ouellet said.
"I will probably enjoy the experience more.
"To be able to run pain free and even just to run, I will just enjoy the process and everything more.
"It’s a big honour to be named to the team."
Stephanie Dixon, Chef de Mission of the Canadian Parapan American team, added: "Congratulations to all of our driven and hard-working Para-track and field athletes heading to Lima.
"Para-athletics is always one of the showcase events of the Games and we have such a strong team of athletes who will be representing Canada with pride in Peru.
"I wish each and every one of them the best of luck on the field of play, and know that myself and the entire Canadian team will be cheering you on."
The Parapan American Games are due to take place from August 23 to September 1.
Athletics events are scheduled to run from August 24 to 28.