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Tokyo/IBNS: Canada’s women celebrated their eight rowing crew Olympic gold medal win on Jul 29 for the first time in 29 years by the traditional tossing of the coxswain, Kristen Kit, into the water at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo.
Image: Canada's Women's Eight Rowing Crew. Image credit: Screenshot
The gold medal win followed Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssen's winning bronze in the women's pair event.
It is Canada's third gold medal at Tokyo 2020 and its11th medal at Tokyo 2020, 5th in the event's history.
New Zealand finished ahead of China's bronze winners and claimed silver.
It is a moment of joy for returning Olympians Susanne Grainger, Lisa Roman, and Christine Roper, who have now helped lead Canada to Olympic glory along with coxswain Kristen Kit, Sydney Payne, Madison Mailey, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Avalon Wasteneys, and Andrea Proske.
#Canada; #Sports; #Gender-Equity; #CanadianHeritage
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: With its commitment to achieving gender equality in sport at every level by 2035, the Government of Canada aims to provide all Canadians the opportunity to participate and excel in sport regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or ability to help ensure more women and girls in particular are able to enjoy the benefits of sport.
Image: Guelph Soccer. Image credit: Website
On behalf of Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, an announcement was made today by Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport), that the Government of Canada is providing $196,270 to Guelph Soccer for the advancement of gender equality in soccer.
This investment, provided through Sport Canada’s Innovation Initiative, will support Guelph Soccer project, She’s Got Game – She Can Coach, will be utilized for programming, operations and research expenses such as coach certifications, facility rentals, equipment and consultations.
Guelph Soccer will work, through this new project, to decrease the gender participation gap in soccer by providing services and activities that will help reduce barriers for women to become soccer coaches, encouraging girls and women aged 16–40 to take part in the program.
“The Government of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive Canadian sport system and providing opportunities for women and girls in all aspects of sport...Guelph Soccer’s new project that will help place more women and girls into leadership roles in soccer," said Steven Guilbeault.
Longfield said that he was proud to see our region being benefited from the government’s commitment to invest in a more equitable sport system enabling Guelph Soccer to continue to provide opportunities for women and girls to participate.
“At Guelph Soccer, we provide our members with quality sport programs that are fun, inclusive and accessible...We’d like to thank Canadian Heritage for recognizing the importance of gender equity in sport by funding innovative ways to engage more women and girls in sport,” said Sara Orrell, Executive Director, Guelph Soccer.
A non-profit soccer club in the city of Guelph established in the 1960s, Guelph Soccer with 3,500 current members, most of whom are youth, is the largest sport club in the city with its mission to inspire the community to reach its full potential by engaging in lifelong involvement in soccer.
#TokyoOlympics; #COVID19pandemic; #FridayOpeningCeremony
Tokyo/Canadian-Media: After a year-long delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a series of scandals and constant public grumbling, the Tokyo Olympics got underway Tuesday with the start of the soccer and softball tournaments ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.
Tokyo Olympics. Image credit: Unsplash
“We promised the world to host the Games,” Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, with a quiet determination in her voice tells the assembled media, insisting that “we have to complete our mission,” Los Angeles Times reported.
In spite of the tough questions many times reporters ask, Hashimoto remains calm, and shows no sign of wavering at news conferences held inside the modernistic, gold-sheathed Tokyo Big Sight tower.
With only about 20 percent of Japan residents vaccinated, the Games are pushing stubbornly ahead despite concerns about surging coronavirus cases in Japan.
The Tokyo Olympics leadership — and the International Olympic Committee — have a reason to remain steadfast. They have a lot riding on the next 17 days.
Billions of dollars in broadcast revenue, political fortunes and a sense of national pride are at stake., all of this will play out on a world stage beginning with the opening ceremony Friday evening.
“It’s a kind of psychological and political drama,” says Robert Baade, an economist who studies the Olympics at Lake Forest College in Illinois. “When you study all the outcomes and the dynamics of the relationship between the IOC and Japan, there is so much at play here.”
#UNHCR; #IPC; #RPT; #Tokyo2020ParalympicGames; #ParaAthletics
Tokyo (Japan)/Canadian-Media: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has today confirmed the six athletes who will represent the Refugee Paralympic Team (RPT) at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The athletes, one woman and five men, will compete in Para athletics, Para swimming, Para canoe and Para taekwondo, UNHCR reports said.
Abbas Karimi, an Afghan refugee swimmer who was born without arms, trains in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. © Getty Images/Michael Reaves. Image credit: UNHCR
The team represents the more than 82 million people around the world who have been forced to flee war, persecution, and human rights abuses, 12 million of whom live with a disability. The Chef de Mission for the team is Ileana Rodriguez, a refugee from Cuba who competed in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in swimming for the USA.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “I would urge people everywhere to support the world’s most courageous sports team, the Refugee Paralympic Team. These athletes exemplify how change starts with sport: they have suffered life-changing injuries, fled for their safety and undertaken dangerous journeys, but despite the many barriers put in their way, they have become elite athletes ready to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“Sport is a powerful tool to include refugees with disabilities in society and the announcement of the Refugee Paralympic Team is a poignant moment for the IPC – we are delivering on a commitment we made at the UNHCR Global Refugee Forum in 2019 to promote equal participation in sporting events for refugees.”
The IPC is working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to provide opportunities for these remarkable Para athletes to tell their stories at the Games and send a strong message of hope and inspiration to others around the world who have been forced to flee. While all refugees face significant challenges, those with disabilities are frequently at heightened risk and face additional barriers to accessing assistance, services, and opportunities.
UNHCR, the IPC and the RPT athletes are calling for a world in which all displaced people – with or without disabilities – can equally access sport and a commitment to an inclusive and equal world for all. RPT athlete Abbas Karimi, who was a member of UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council and who has recently been named a UNHCR High Profile Supporter epitomizes this commitment as a passionate advocate for disabled refugees’ access to and inclusion in sport – at all levels.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi welcomed the announcement.
“I am thrilled to congratulate each of the six athletes named today as members of the IPC Refugee Paralympic Team. I am also immensely proud of our collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee in promoting inclusion of refugees with disabilities in sport. These athletes, as individuals and as a Team, are sending a message of hope and inspiration to refugees around the world. They are truly trailblazers in promoting refugee and disability inclusion, in elite sport and in life, and we hope their example will move us one step closer towards an inclusive and equal world for all,” Grandi said.
The RPT was announced via a video by stars from the worlds of music, sport, literature, stage and screen who champion the refugee cause. They included Goodwill Ambassadors and high profile supporters from UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency. The athletes on the Refugee Paralympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are:
The IPC has been able to support the RPT to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games thanks the generous backing of commercial partners:
Tokyo 2020 President Hashimoto said: “The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee welcomes the participation of the Refugee Paralympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, following its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. I hope that the Refugee Team will show the world the endeavour, the resilience and the hope of human beings through sporting competition, and that they will perform at their best with a wish for peace. We will continue to cooperate with the IPC and relevant local municipalities and will make every effort to ensure everything proceeds smoothly and safely for the Refugee Team.”
The RPT also honours the legacy of Sir Ludwig Guttmann. He was a refugee who found a new home to welcome him and repaid that kindness by helping create one of the world’s great movements, the Paralympic Movement. The RPT builds on previous refugee initiatives created by the IPC. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games a two-person team of refugee and asylum-seeking athletes formed the Independent Paralympic Athletes Team.
*Parfait’s participation in the Games is subject to him being classified by 1 August 2021.