What to watch: August 2015

It will be a big month for many athletes, with Toronto 2015 and World Championships in canoe and archery on the agenda. 03 Aug 2015
A picture of 2 men in a canoe shaking their hands celebrating a victory

Para-canoe will make its Paralympic Games debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Ⓒcanoephotography.com / Balint Vekassy (ICF)

Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games (7-15 August)

The top athletes and teams throughout the Americas region will meet in Toronto, Canada, for the fifth edition of the Parapan American Games, which open on Friday 7 August.

The Parapan Am Games will host more than 1,600 athletes who will compete in 15 sports, all which are qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Athletics, swimming, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball will be shown live at Paralympic.org . Complete information on the TO2015 can be found at the event website.


Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games (6-16 August)

The Nottingham 2015 Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) World Games will be held in Nottingham, Great Britain. The programme will include athletics, swimming; para-taekwondo and the inaugural International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) Under-19 Football 7-a-side World Championships.

For more information on the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games, as well as ticket sales, please visit the event website.


2015 Detroit ITU World Para-Triathlon Event (15-16 August)

After getting a taste of the Rio 2016 para-triathlon course, athletes will head north to Detroit, USA, for another stage on the World Para-Triathlon Event circuit.

USA’s Melissa Stockwell, Hailey Danisewicz and Allysa Seely are expected to give their home country something to cheer for in the women’s PT2 event.


ICF Para-Canoe World Championships (19-21 August)

Held in Milan, Italy, the World Championships programme will feature men’s and women’s events in the K1 and V1 200m. Great Britain looks to continue their success in the competition after coming off last year’s World Championships in Moscow, Russia, where they celebrated their successful championships after winning six gold and three silver medals.

Great Britain proved they are still the team to beat after coming off May’s European Championships with four golds, a silver and a bronze.

Complete information on the para-canoe World Championships can be found on the event website.


IBSA Football 5-a-side European Championships (22-29 August); IBSA Asian Blind Football Championships (30 August – 8 September)

Ten teams will compete in the 10th edition of the European Championships, which will be held in Hereford, Great Britain. Reigning champions Spain top group B, which also includes France, Russia, Greece and Belgium. Host nation England are the favourites in group A, where they will face Turkey, Germany, Italy and Poland.

Meanwhile, the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Asian Blind Football Championships will take place in Tokyo, Japan, where the top two teams earn qualification slots for Rio 2016. Japan, China, Iran, South Korea, India and Malaysia are confirmed to compete.


World Archery Para-Championships (23-30 August)

More than 320 para-archers will head to Donaeuschingen, Germany, for the World Championships, which will also re-introduce the visually impaired division to the world competition.

Taichung Table Tennis Open (22-24 August)

Organised by the Taichung Disabled Persons’ Sports Federation, the event will be the third of its kind and feature men’s and women’s singles and teams competitions in all 11 classes.