From July 23 to September 5, 2021, Markham athletes took on Tokyo 2020 and competed in 12 sports at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Congratulations to all athletes connected to Markham on training for the world stage in a year like no other, overcoming COVID-19 challenges overseas, for going against the best in the world, and for making international and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic history at Tokyo 2020.
Markham Medal Moments:
- Andre De Grasse took home three Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 – a gold medal in the Men’s 200m sprint and bronze medals in the men’s 100m sprint and in the Men’s 4X100m relay. Andre De Grasse is now a six-time Olympic medalist who has never missed the podium at an Olympic event. Team Canada last won gold in the 100m sprint 25 years ago and it has been 93 years since they won gold in the men’s 200m race.
- Markham Soccer Club’s Jayde Riviere competed in the Women’s football (soccer) finals with Team Canada, defeating Sweden in an epic penalty shootout. This is the first time in Olympic history that Team Canada has won gold in this sport.
- Zachary Gingras won his first-ever Paralympic medal at Tokyo 2020, a bronze in the Men’s T38 400m run, with a personal best time of 50.85 seconds.
- Marissa Papaconstantinou won her first-ever Paralympic medal, a bronze in the Women's T64 100m sprint, with a personal best time of 13.07 seconds. In addition, two new personal bests were established during the Women's T64 200m campaign.
We are proud of our hometown athletes for being a part of our strong sporting legacy and culture, for representing us, and for inspiring the next generation. Congratulations to Markham’s athletes, and thank you for making us proud.