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Canadian Athletes: Rio Paralympics and Paralympic Debut

canadian athletes: But when Canada's soccer team didn't qualify for the Rio Paralympics, Stanley, who has cerebral palsy, focused on middle distance running and last summer raced to silver in the 1,500 metres in an outstanding Paralympic debut, according to CBC. Guillaume Ouellet, 1,500, 5,000 The 30-year-old from Victoriaville, Que., is the reigning world champion in the 5,000, but narrowly missed the medal podium at last summer's Rio Paralympics. Here are five Canadian athletes to watch Liam Stanley, 800M, 1,500M The 20-year-old from Victoria was a standout soccer player who hoped to make his Paralympic debut in that sport. Ouellet was diagnosed with degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, and took up track and field in college. Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images The Calgary athlete captured his first Paralympic medal a silver last summer in Rio, and has his sights set on the podium in London. Alister McQueen, javelin Alister McQueen of Canada and Rory McSweeney of New Zealand congratulate each other after coming second and third respectively in men's javelin F44 final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. ( As reported in the news.