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Ottawa, Mar 20 (Canadian-Media): Canada set a new national Paralympic record with 28 medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea on the last day of the Winter Games on Mar 18 beating the previous record of 19 from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. B.C., media reports said.
Mark Arendz. Image credit: Paralympic committee
Para nordic star Mark Arendz carried Canada's flag into the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the Canadian contingent celebrated its best-ever Winter Paralympics performance by earning eight gold, four silver and 16 bronze in South Korea.
Arendz won five individual medals in as many events at the Games and added a cross-country mixed relay silver for his sixth in Pyeongchang.
In his closing remarks, International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons paid tribute to Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned theoretical physicist who died on March 14 and was involved in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games in London.
"You have once again pushed the limits of human endeavor," Parsons was reported to say to the athletes.
The ceremony acted as a transition to the next Winter Paralympics in Beijing in 2022.
The Paralympic flag inside Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium was lowered and handed over to Beijing mayor Chen Jining, marking the official start of the countdown to the next Winter Games.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)