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Team Canada

Northern Pride: Hudson’s Bay has Olympic Gear for Everyone


Hudson’s Bay Company, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee launch the Team Canada Collection for Rio 2016

Hudson’s Bay Company, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee launch the Team Canada Collection for Rio 2016.

Canadian athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro for the summer Olympic Games are donning their maple leaf pride. The collection from Hudson’s Bay Company includes 90 pieces, ranging from jackets, hoodies, and T-shirts to track pants and hats ($15 to $150) for men, women, and kids. Inspired by the Canadian flag, the modern separates in red, black, and white bear the maple leaf and Canada wordmark. Homegrown duo Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 designed the opening ceremony look, which consists of a red blazer made of a windbreaker material. —Linda Luong Luck


Parapan Am Games: Meet Canada’s Paralympic Athletes


Parapan Am Games Toronto 2015

Wheelchair basketball player Adam Lancia and swimmer Benoît Huot are among Canada’s representatives at the Parapan Am Games

Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
Born without feet, ankles, his ACL and tibia, Lancia made his Team Canada debut in 1997 and has since won gold medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

What does your training routine consist of? 
I spend three days a week on the court and in the weight room. Court time consists of a team practice in the morning for two hours and an hour-long individual skills session or a shooting workout in the afternoon.

What goes through your mind before each game?
I focus on two or three main points, whether they be related to my personal play, the play of the team or our opponents. That helps me stay focused and keeps me from trying to focus on too many things.

What are your thoughts or feelings going into the Parapan Am Games?
I’m excited for the games and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Americas think about my hometown.

What is your advice to young athletes?
The obvious ones go without saying: work hard, be respectful, etc. Most importantly, be sure to learn how to balance life and sport early in your career. There are few skills more valuable than time and goal management.

Sport: Swimming
Hometown: Saint-Lambert, Quebec
Born with club feet, Huot has been swimming competitively since the age of 10, and has won nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London in freestyle and butterfly races.

What has your disability taught you about yourself?
Everything is possible even though you could be different. Just because there is a disability that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve great things.

How did you get into swimming competitively?
My best friend was a swimmer, and I saw Mark Tewksbury winning gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
The ability to come back after a difficult performance in Beijing 2008 and make it to London 2012 with incredible positive strength and attitude.

What does it mean to you to represent Canada during the Parapan Am Games on Canadian soil?
It will be an honour to compete at home in front of friends, family and Canadians to increase the visibility and awareness of Para sport in the country.

Parapan Am Games Toronto 2015

Cyclist Jaye Milley and sitting volleyball player Jesse Ward

Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
A double amputee who is competing in his first Parapan Am Games, Ward and his teammates are hopeful about their chances of qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

What does your training routine consist of?
I train five to six days a week. Every morning I train on-court with my coach for an hour, and then I follow on-court training with an hour and a half of strength training.

What goes through your mind before each game?
I prepare myself before each competition by focusing on the court. I think of the things that I’ve been training to be better at, and run through each one and how I will alter my play. But the thing I focus most on is having fun. When I go into a game thinking only of the results and how to manage my gameplay, I lose the joy of the game. I try and focus on playing my best, but mostly having fun with my teammates on the court, and enjoying each opportunity.

What does it mean to you to represent Canada during the Parapan Am Games on Canadian soil?
Representing Canada at home is one of the greatest opportunities that I’ve had in my lifetime, and I’m so proud and thankful to be able to do so. Representing my country means a lot to me, and the honour of playing in front of family and friends at home is an experience that I’ll be always grateful for.

What is your advice to young athletes?
Chase your dreams. The only person whose opinion and dreams that matter, are yours. If you don’t limit yourself, and believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything. With enough passion and work, you can conquer any challenge.

Sport: Cyclist
Hometown: Calgary, AlbertA
Milley is a quadruple amputee who was born with underdeveloped hands and feet; he participated in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and the 2011 Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara.

At what age did you start cycling?
Age 13. I couldn’t even ride a two-wheel bike at the time—and not for a lack of trying. It wasn’t until I injured myself playing soccer and the doctors told me that I was unable to play soccer anymore that I turned to cycling because it was always a rule in my house that you had to have at least one extracurricular activity.

What does it mean to you to represent Canada during the Parapan Am Games on Canadian soil?
It’s such a hard thing to describe, having the honour of wearing the Canadian jersey, and hopefully having the chance to be on the podium and having everything come together. It’s every possible emotion you can think of. Every athlete has hundreds of people who help them get to that point, from family, friends, coaches, doctors and Canadians as a whole. It’s indescribable. It’s amazing. And it always gives me a boost.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment so far?
The one that tops the cake is attending the London Paralympic Games in 2012. I was checking my email in the Athletes Village a couple of days before my events. I got an email from my aunt that said she found an article from when I first learned to ride a two-wheel bicycle and I was going into my first national contest. I was asked what my goal was, and it was to go to the London Paralympic Games; it was absolutely unreal to read that article two days before my competition. Everything came together; all eight years of training. It put everything into perspective for me.

What is your advice to young athletes?
Build a passion for the sport and make a decision to take it all the way. And always remember that your mind is a very powerful thing and you can do anything you set your mind to. There’s nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it. There’s no such word as “can’t” in my vocabulary.