Brent Lakatos leads a Canadian athletics team mixed with experience and youth ©Getty Images

A total of 16 athletes - seven women and nine men - are set to represent Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in athletics, with half of the team set to make their debut at the Games.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Athletics Canada officially selected the squad, which includes Rio 2016 men's 100 metres T53 gold medallist Brent Lakatos - a seven-time Paralympic medallist.

Returning Paralympians are discus throwers Jennifer Brown and Renee Foessel, sprinter Marissa Papaconstantinou, distance athletes Guillaume Ouellet, Austin Smeenk and Liam Stanley, and long jumper Amy Watt.

Foessel is the women's discus F38 world record holder.

Thrower Charlotte Bolton is the youngest member of the team and is set to make her Paralympic debut at 18.

"I've never worked harder for anything in my life," said Bolton.

"As soon as I was told that the Paralympics were delayed until 2021, I had it in my head that I was going to go.

"There was no way I would have made it with the level I was at in 2020, but I’ve put my blood, sweat and tears into improving this year to qualify even though the original plan was Paris, not Tokyo. 

"It's really gratifying to see that the hard work I, my coaches, and all the other people supporting me have put in pay off in the end."

Others also set for their first Games are track athletes Jessica Frotten, Zachary Gingras, Austin Ingram, Thomas Normandeau and Nate Riech, as well as shot putter Greg Stewart and discus thrower Sarah Mickey.

Fifteen coaches and personnel, such as physiotherapists and a mental performance consultant, are to join them at Tokyo 2020.

The athletes earned their places in the squad based on their positions in the world rankings on July 20.

"It's been a difficult couple of years, but the goal that all athletes work towards is finally here," said Lakatos.

"I can't wait to finally line up against the best in the world. 

"I will do my best to have our national anthem playing as many times as possible."

Canada earned eight of its 29 medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in athletics, including three golds.

Stanley is the only returning member of the squad to win a medal at Rio 2016, finishing second in the men's 1,500m T37.

Canada's squad is now set for a training camp in Gifu in Japan on August 16, training at Nagaragawa Athletic Stadium until August 23 before travelling to Tokyo.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are set to take place from August 24 to September 5, following its postponement by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.