Not familiar with this term? We’re not surprised. Like the Pan American Games that took place in Toronto last month, it’s sister, the Parapan American Games did not get the recognition it deserved either. This competition ended this past weekend.
The Parapan American Games came to fruition in 1999 in Mexico City when the inaugural event consisted of 1,000 athletes from 18 countries competing in four sports. The Games in Toronto marked the fifth edition of the Parapan Am Games and hosted more than 1600 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports. All of the sports will be Paralympic qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The U.S, which came in third in total medal count behind Brazil and Canada, captured 135 medals, 40 of which were gold. Of the 135 medals – a Team USA record – 62 were won by women, women’s teams or mixed teams including women! Female athlete highlights include:
- Swimmers Haley Beranbaum and Mallory Weggeman tied with the most medals of the Games – five a piece.
- Gold in women’s wheelchair basketball and women’s basketball
- Gold in women’s sitting volleyball, making history as the first-ever U.S. women’s sitting volleyball title at the Parapan American Games
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The athletes who competed in this event stand an excellent chance of being selected for the Paralympic Games next year. We promise that you will be hearing more about them here!