Canadian Paralympians welcomed home in seven cities following Rio 2016

September 25, 2016   Sports

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Canadian Paralympians such as Benoit Huot were welcomed home across the country ©Getty Images

Canadian Paralympians were welcomed back from Rio 2016 in seven cities across the country after a 29-medal haul in Brazil.

The welcome home events, held by the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), a partner of the governing body, gave fans the chance to celebrate the nation's athletes.

Kicking off in the west of the country with an event in 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic host Vancouver, the tour then moved to Calgary, host of the Winter Olympics in 1988.

Edmonton was the next leg of the tour before events were held in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

"Rio was a phenomenal experience and I am so grateful for all the support that helped make it possible," said nine-time gold medal winning swimmer Benoit Huot, who won his 20th Paralympic medal in Rio, a bronze in the 400 metres freestyle S10.

Aurélie Rivard won three gold medals for Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympics ©Getty Images
Aurélie Rivard won three gold medals for Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympics ©Getty Images

"It is incredibly special to celebrate our team’s success back home with our local community, friends and family."

CIBC’s partnership with the Canadian Paralympic team began with the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, when the bank hosted similar events for athletes returning home.

"We are proud of our athletes’ ability to leverage their talent to unite people in a shared passion for sport, promoting inclusiveness while helping to inspire a new generation of athletes," said CIBC's chief risk officer and diversity and inclusion champion Laura Dottori-Attanasio. 

Canada's Rio haul consisted on eight golds, ten silvers and 11 bronzes.

The country's star performer was Quebec's S10 swimmer Aurélie Rivard, who won three Paralympic titles in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle.

She also won silver in the 200m individual medley.

The Canadian team won more medals at the London 2012 Paralympics - 31 - but only collected seven golds in the British capital.