Lima, Peru (August 27, 2019) – Canada kicked off the first day of the para-cycling events at the Parapan American Games with three medals in the Individual Pursuit. The women’s tandem teams both qualified for the gold medal final, with Carla Shibley and pilot Meghan Lemiski taking the top spot with a time of 3:50.575, just ahead of their teammates Annie Bouchard and pilot Evelyne Gagnon who earned the silver medal. In the men’s category, Lowell Taylor and pilot Andrew Davidson also reached the podium with a silver, finishing behind Colombians Nelson Serna and pilot Marlon Perez.
“I’m super excited and surprised with our result,” said Shibley. “I didn’t expect us to win a gold medal, I wasn’t feeling the greatest after the semi-final and I was having some breathing issues, but I was able to tough it out. I told myself that I just needed to suffer a little more in the last four laps just to win by that last second. I couldn’t be prouder with this result.”
“I felt so much pride not in myself but pride in the country,” said Taylor. “I actually had a lot of gratitude for all the support, from Canada, from my family, for Andrew, everybody who has been alongside me to get here. Para sport is not about the individual, it’s about the team so I was just feeling so much gratitude for everybody today.”