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TORONTO -- Organizers of the 2015 Parapan Am Games are counting down one year until more than 1,600 para-athletes hit Toronto for a chance at gold. Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 Kopen . Sports Minister Bal Gosal said the games offer Canadian para-athletes a "tremendous opportunity" to hone their skills on home turf. All 15 sports at the Parapan Am Games are qualifiers for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Calgarian para-cyclist and quadruple amputee Jaye Milley said its "indescribable" to have the games in Canada. "Its so amazing having your home crowd cheer for you," he said, adding that the para-sport movement is gradually becoming more popular. Milley finished fourth in the 1,000-metre time trial at the 2011 Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. "What people are starting to realize is we train just as hard. We are just as competitive. We go just as fast and we are just as good to watch," he said. Wheelchair basketball player David Eng said his entire team is moving to Toronto to train together in the lead-up to the games. "This is the only thing that matters for us right now," he said, adding that the one-year countdown is a milestone that has spurred the team to train harder. In celebration of the countdown, organizers launched a video dubbed "Are you ready?" showcasing para-athletes and their intensive training rituals. Eng, a two-time Paralympic winner from Montreal, said his regimen includes doing chin-ups while sitting in a wheelchair, lifting it off the ground. He added that he also puts elastic bands on the wheels of his chair to create resistance and in the past he has used a gas mask during exercise to restrict oxygen intake, forcing him to focus on breathing. "Its really amazing that its here in Toronto," he said, adding that its a chance to show the public what wheelchair basketball is all about. "The high performance, the high elite, the excitement, the electricity," he said. Next years competition, from Aug. 7 to 15, 2015, will mark the first time the Parapan Am Games will be held in Canada. Gosal said preparations for the games are going well. "All the venues are either on budget or under budget, on time," he said. The federal government committed $500 million to infrastructure, legacy funds and services such as border security for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The Parapan Am Games follow the Pan Am Games, which will take place in Toronto July 10 to 26 next year. Nike Vapormax Korting . In the late match, Shinji Okazaki scored two goals to pace Mainz to a 3-2 victory at Werder Bremen. Goals from Milan Badelj, Maximilian Beister and Hakan Calhanoglu ended Hamburgs two-match losing run and kept Hannover winless in seven games. Nike Vapormax Plus Heren Sale . Mesoraco hurt his hamstring while scoring from second in Friday nights 5-4 loss at Atlanta. Chapman was hit by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19, breaking his nose and a bone above his left eye. The left-hander looked strong while throwing 43 pitches in batting practice before Saturday nights game against the Braves. http://www.vapormaxsalenederland.com/air-max-plus-tn-goedkoop-kopen/heren.html . The 23-year-old restricted free agent appeared in all 48 games last season, finishing second among all Sabres skaters with 15 goals and 34 points.MONTREAL -- It isnt often a Quebec rink gets to play at home in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts but thats what skip Allison Ross of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., will experience this week. A year in which the Canadian curling championship has been pushed forward a week to accommodate the Winter Olympics was deemed the perfect chance to stage the event in Montreal for the first time since 1979. The opening ceremonies and the first two draws are set for Saturday at the 4,000-seat Maurice Richard Arena, normally the training base for Canadas short-track speedskating team. "For us its going to be really fun," Ross said Friday. "Were really a team that likes to have the crowd support. "We respond well to that. Its a bit more pressure, for sure, a bit more media attention, but we are a team that likes it. We are enjoying every minute of it." Interest is likely to be lower than usual with the tournament schedule overlapping the Feb. 8 start of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. But holding it in a city not known as a curling hotbed and far from the sports heartland in western Canada, is seen as a chance to grow the game. Kruger, which produces Scotties paper products, has its head office in Montreal, also worked in its favour as well. "This will be a wonderful platform to get (curling message) out here," said tournament director Francine Poisson, who played in three Canadian championships in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "Weve had a lot of French media this week, so its breaking the (notion) of curling being an English sport. "Its very exiting. The visibility of curling has never been as great as it is now. People are watching. Now its time to translate eyeballs into people playing in curling clubs." Next years tournament will return to curling country in Moose Jaw, Sask. Facing the likes of defending champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa, the Ross rink wont be among the favourites after going 3-8 at last years Scotties in Moncton, N.B. "We are hoping for a better result than last yearr," said Ross. Nike Vapormax Plus Dames Sale. "Last year we had three games that came down to last rock. "We could have had six wins instead of three. We take a lot of what we learned last year and come back a lot stronger this year." It isnt home for Homan, but Ottawa is just a two-hour drive or train ride away and shes also expecting some extra support as she defends her title. "Its nice for us," said Homan. "We drove here and a lot of friends and family will be coming up to support us and share the experience with us. "Obviously, there wont be as many fans here as there would be out west, but its good for our friends and family." Its an unusual Scotties in many ways, so perhaps there will be surprises on the ice. For one, Jennifer Jones rink from Winnipeg wont be around because shell be in Sochi. Instead, Chelsea Carey will make her Scotties debut for Manitoba. In 1979 in Montreal, British Columbia won the tournament led by Lindsay Sparkes. This time, B.C. will be led this time by 22-year-old skip Kesa Van Osch of Victoria. She wont be the youngest skip on the ice. That honour goes to 20-year-old Sarah Koltun of Whitehorse. The Yukon/Territories skip is the youngest ever to compete at the Scotties and the first player to skip at both the Scotties and Canadian junior championship in the same year. The favourites include Val Sweeting of Alberta, who is in her second Scotties, and Stefanie Lawton of Saskatchewan, who is at her third. The veterans are skip Heather Strong of Newfoundland, who is in her 11th Scotties, and Kim Dolan of P.E.I., who is in her 10th. "The transition is certainly happening," said Dolan. "There a lot of young teams and new faces, which is great to see. "Womens curling is in a great place, so these new young ladies are keen. That only entices other people to play and go after their dreams." The Ontario team is skipped by Allison Flaxey while Nova Scotia has Heather Smith at the helm and Andrea Crawford will carry New Brunswicks colours. ' ' '

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