LIMA, PERU – Team Canada finishes Day 1 with six medals at Lima 2019. Squash leads the way with three medals. AJ Assadian made history as the first Canadian ever to reach the Pan American Games podium in poomsae after winning bronze on Saturday.
TEAM CANADA’S MEDAL COUNT:
GOLD: 0 | SILVER: 2 | BRONZE: 4 | TOTAL: 6
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Two bronze medals in women’s individual squash are Canada’s first two medals at Lima 2019;
- Hollie Naughton becomes Canada’s first double medallist at Lima 2019 with a bronze in both women’s singles and mixed doubles squash;
- AJ Assadian’s bronze medal in taekwondo is Canada’s first-ever medal in poomsae.
DAY 1 QUOTES OF THE DAY:
AJ ASSADIAN (Bronze Medalist: Taekwondo – Men’s Individual Poomsae) on becoming the first- ever Canadian to win a Pan Am Games medal in poomsae taekwondo:
“This is a big honour for me. I’ve dreamt about this day for a long time and I’m so happy I was able to get on the podium today. There was a lot of pressure on my today being the first poomsae athlete ever for Canada to compete at the Pan Am Games – I tried to treat it like any other event to remove that pressure. I’m just really happy I was able to perform.”
Samantha CORNETT (Bronze Medalist: Squash – Women’s Singles) on the Governor General and other Canadian supporters present at the match:
“Very cool! It was my first time meeting the Governor General. She’s amazing, first of all, and she had a ton of Canadians with her. So we had plenty of support. I could hear it in the stands and it was pretty special.”
Craig SPENCE (Silver Medalist: Canoe Kayak – Men’s C2 1000m) on his silver medal with teammate Drew HODGES and what it means for Tokyo 2020
“Moving forward this is a big step towards Tokyo. This competition is a great learning experience about how to compete at a games and against high level competitors. Drew and I are an even stronger team after this competition and will greatly help our growth as athletes.”
Andrew SCHNELL (Bronze Medallist: Squash – Mixed doubles) on what it means to win a bronze medal with partner Holly NAUGHTON:
“I feel honoured to win a medal on behalf of team Canada but this time, it’s really nice to win a bronze with Holly because we’ve never played together. To get to this stage of the event already, it shows that we’ve got some potential as a team. So Holly played great squash and I just tried to support her as best as I could and it’s just a pleasure to play with her.”
ALL QUOTES: Team Canada’s flash quotes at Lima 2019.
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LIMA BY THE NUMBERS: Statistics on select sports at Lima 2019.
TEAM CANADA TRIVIA:
Q. Who are the only two cities to have hosted the Pan American Games more than once?
A. Winnipeg (1967, 1999) and Mexico City (1955, 1975)
Josh Su, Media Relations Lead
Canadian Olympic Committee
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