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10 Canadian Athletes Who Will Redefine Your Workout Goals

The road to the Parapan American Games has been a long one. Be sure to cheer on your favourite #PARATOUGH Canadian athletes as they try to accomplish their next goal.

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1. Zak Madell | Okotoks, AB | Wheelchair Rugby

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"The word performance, to me, I think means just giving everything you got when you're out there, and putting in the work before your competition as well, so when you get to the competition, you're ready to go and just do the best job you're capable of."

2. Marco Dispaltro | Saint-Jérôme, QC | Boccia

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"I wake up in the morning and I know I that I've got to go to practice. And I'm just, I'm pumped for that! So for me, I’m on court 20, 30 hours a week. I’m usually the first here, the last to leave."

3. Austin Hinchey | Edmonton, AB | Sitting Volleyball /

"I’m usually in the weight room three or four times a week. I’m on court at least that many times. And then I'll have one or two sessions of kind of maintenance to make sure everything's working and everything's healthy. It’s definitely a full job on the side of living normal life."

4. Becky Richter | Saskatoon, SK | Para-Athletics

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"Well, I put a lot of effort into it. I train 11 times a week; four times in my track chair, four times throwing, and another three resistance."

5. Janet McLachlan | Vancouver, BC | Wheelchair Basketball

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"I love competing. I love being on the court or field — depending on whatever sport it happens to be — with other people, and working with others towards a common goal, and in a competitive manner, because I hate to lose."

6. Benoit Huot | Montreal, QC | Para-Swimming

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"To be a high-performance athlete, an elite athlete, it's a lot of investment. A lot of work. I train every day to try to be the best I can be. Obviously, we spend four hours in the pool on average a day, twice a day. So two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon."

7. Ian Kent | Eastern Passage, NS | Para-Table Tennis

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"My motto is, 'If better is possible, good is not enough.' What that means to me is that if you can be better at any aspect of what you're trying to do, then you must keep striving to be better. It may good, but that's not enough. It has to be excellent."

8. Brent Lakatos | Dorval, QC | Para-Athletics

"You gotta train every day. I have one day off per week. On the track, on the road, in the gym, there’s no backing down. I mean if you don’t train, then you're not gonna get the results. You can’t hide it. Not in wheelchair athletics."

9. Tracey Ferguson | Markham, ON | Wheelchair Basketball

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"So that morning when you’re struggling to get out of bed or you’re struggling to get to the gym or you know you have one more set, but you really don’t want to do it, someone out there is doing it. So if you don’t put in that work, you’re gonna get passed by."

10. Joel Dembe | Hamilton, ON | Wheelchair Tennis

"You have to think in the back of your mind, if you're not training, someone out there is. So you really want to move yourself and motivate yourself, because there are some days and you just don't feel like you have it or you're not motivated. But there's always the gnawing in the back of your head, knowing that your competitors are probably doing the same. So you really gotta work hard to keep up with them."

Learn more about the #PARATOUGH athletes before you cheer them on at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto.

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