Earlier this month, 48 Canadian athletes competed at The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, for our country's second-best performance ever. Fasken was proud to do its part in support of these amazing individuals.
Fasken became the official legal partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) almost seven years ago. Along with providing pro-bono legal services, Fasken also raises funds for the Canadian Paralympic movement, and works to enhance awareness of the Paralympic brand throughout corporate Canada.
Two years ago, Fasken deepened its commitment to amateur sport in Canada by also partnering with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) to become its first-ever official legal services partner.
Whether it's the Paralympics or the Olympics, our athletes are the ones who matter most. It came right down to the wire on the last day of the Paralympic Winter Games (Sunday, March 13), with two final medals claimed in men's ice hockey and cross-country mixed relay.
The results made for Canada's second-best performance ever in the Games. Canada finished with 25 medals overall. This put us third in the medal standings behind China and Ukraine. Four years ago, Canada won 28 medals, its current record.
Canada's final medal count for 2022: Gold - 8 // Silver - 6 // Bronze - 11 // Total: 25
"We are so proud of all of our Canadian Paralympians who competed in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games," said Virginia K. Schweitzer, Co-Managing Partner with the Fasken Ottawa office.
"Our athletes demonstrated amazing spirit and a drive to win," she added. "This was clearly evident, not only from an incredible medal count, but even more so, by their collective passion for sport and teamwork, and the pure thrill they took from doing their best. Fasken is proud of its partnership with the CPC and that we can help support these amazing women and men."
Marc-André Fabien, Partner with the Fasken Montreal office, has twice been elected to serve as President of the CPC's board of directors.
"The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games has been a triumph for Canada and for the Paralympic Movement, showcasing the best of sport on and off the field of play," he said.
"We look forward to using the momentum from the performances in Beijing to continue to build Paralympic winter sport in Canada, to create more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport at the highest level, and to increase the funding support for our athletes," he continued. "As we look ahead to a potential bid to host the 2030 Games, the steppingstones to an even brighter future for Paralympic sport in Canada are clear."
From Ottawa-Gatineau, six athletes contributed to Canada's total medal count:
- Ben Delaney, men's ice hockey, Silver
- Alexis Guimond, super-G, Bronze
- Anton Jacobs-Webb, men's ice hockey, Silver
- Collinda Joseph, wheelchair curling, Bronze
- Mac Marcoux with Tristan Rodgers (guide), alpine skiing, Silver
By sport, Canada claimed 14 medals in Para nordic skiing, six in Para alpine skiing, three in Para snowboard, and team medals in Para ice hockey and wheelchair curling. In total, 37 athletes came home with a medal. Canada also earned another eight Top 5 finishes.