The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and CBC/Radio-Canada will offer live coverage of the country’s home Para Cycling Track World Championships, which begin this week.
Milton in Ontario is staging the flagship International Cycling Union event between Thursday (January 30) and Sunday (February 2) at Mattamy National Cycling Centre.
Fans will be able to follow the action on the free CBC Gem streaming service as well as on CBC apps.
The CPC Facebook page and the Radio-Canada sports app will also provide coverage from the venue which was built for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Live streaming will cover all finals, with nine-time Paralympic swimming gold medallist Benoît Huot serving as the CPC’s onsite reporter.
Interviews and highlight packages will all be part of the offering.
The Para Cycling Track World Championships is the first event this year to be streamed as part of the Paralympic Super Series.
This was a deal struck between the CPC and CBC/Radio-Canada which promises coverage for athletes at significant competitions outside of the Paralympic Games.
It launched last year and has so far covered World Championships in Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, ice hockey, swimming and athletics.
The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games were also featured.
“Being able to compete in a World Championships at home is such a special experience, and it is wonderful to see the legacy left behind from Toronto 2015 as the world-class velodrome in Milton hosts its first big international Para-event,” said Martin Richard, the executive director for communications and brand at the CPC.
“We are so excited to provide audiences throughout Canada with the chance to watch our amazing Para-cyclists race at such an important event, and look forward to continuing our great work with CBC/Radio-Canada to showcase the incredible stories of our athletes via the Paralympic Super Series, especially this year as we follow their journeys leading into the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”
Canada has selected six athletes for their home event – Tristen Chernove, Marie-Claude Molnar, Keely Shaw, Lowell Taylor, pilot Ed Veal and Ross Wilson.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for my team-mates and I to showcase to our family, friends and supporters in Canada the dynamic and exciting nature of track Para-cycling first hand,” said Wilson, a three-time Paralympic medallist.
“For those lucky enough to attend or those watching on the live streams, it will be an opportunity to learn our sport, and to see and comprehend the passion, dedication, ability and speed of the athletes.”