Comprised of 4,350 athletes from over 160 countries around the world, spanning 526 medal events in 22 different sports, 2016 Paralympic games have been heralded as the second-most attended Paralympic Games in history.
The 2016 Paralympic Games will also be the platform for several historical debuts as Rio welcomes a multitude of new countries and new sports to the Games. For the first time ever, athletes will compete in the Para-canoeing and Para-triathlon while nations including Aruba, Congo, Somalia, and Togo will compete for the first time, period.
Beyond these uplifting milestones and statistics, are the stories of hope, perseverance and inspiring human achievement that have become the benchmark for the Paralympic games throughout its 68-year history.
From our own Team Canada, we take immense pride in stories such as that of David Wilsie, a former semi-pro athlete who became quadriplegic after he was injured playing hockey. Wilsie, now a veteran of the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby landscape and a public face of the sport, enters Rio 2016 as a four-time Canadian National Champion and a three-time Paralympic medalist.
Canadians have been showing their support for Canadian athletes in many ways. At the corporate level, CIBC sets a tremendous example with #CIBCTeamNext, a collection of sponsored athletes ranging from both Olympic and Paralympic athletes across a number of sports.
At Promotion Resource Group, we tip our hats to all the individuals, families and organizations lending their admiration, love and support to Team Canada. With the nation behind them, these inspiring Para-athletes will look to leave their mark on Rio 2016.