Argentina and Canada announce more athletes for Rio

The Argentinian swimming Paralympic team has been announced, whilst Canada named wheelchair fencer Pierre Mainville for September’s Games. 08 Jul 2016
Nadia Baez of Argentina on the podium after the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB11 at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow

Nadia Baez of Argentina on the podium after the Women's 100m Breaststroke SB11 at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow

ⒸLuc Percival Photography
By Argentinian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee

Argentina’s swimming team and Canada’s wheelchair fencer Pierre Mainville were announced to the sqaud for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

London 2012 bronze medallist Nadia Baez, who will headline Argentina’s 10-person team, said: “I am very happy to have the opportunity to compete at the Paralympics once again.”

Last year, Baez won bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB11 at the World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain.

“My goal is to repeat what I achieved four years ago, when I won a Paralympic bronze.”

At 22 years old, Daniela Gimenez will compete at her third Paralympics in Rio, where she aims to win her first Paralympic medal.

The delegation will also include five Paralympic debutants: Ana Pellitero, Fernando Carlomagno, Marco Pulleiro, Elian Zaraya and Facundo Arregui.

“It is such a huge emotion and I will try to enjoy every minute of the competition,” said Pellitero.

“I will also try to reach the final in some of my events.”

Carlomagno, who won bronze in the 100m backstroke S8 at the Funchal 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships, said that “years of hard work are bearing fruit.”

Anabel Moro, who won two golds at Toronto 2015, will participate in her fourth successive Paralympic Games in Rio, where she will try to outdo the seventh place she obtained in the 100m breaststroke SB12 at London 2012.

The Canadian Fencing Federation and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced that wheelchair fencer Pierre Mainville will represent the country at Rio 2016.

This will be the 43-year-old’s third Paralympic Games, after competing at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

“Congratulations to Pierre on qualifying for his third Paralympic Games,’’ said Canada’s Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc.

‘’Pierre has been consistently on the podium since the London Games and he heads to Rio with a lot of valuable experience.’’

Argentina swimming team


Matias de Andrade

Facundo Arregui

Fernando Carlomagno

Marco Pulleiro

Elian Araya

Sergio Zayas


Nadia Baez

Daniela Gimenez

Anabel Moro

Ana Luz Pellitero

Canada wheelchair fencing

Pierre Mainville


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.

Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.