Four New Brunswickers Athletes named to Tokyo 2020 Canadian Paralympic Team

24/08/2021

Four New Brunswickers Athletes named to Tokyo 2020 Canadian Paralympic Team

August 16, 2021

Fredericton, NB - New Brunswick is setting a record before teams touch down in Tokyo.  Parasport New Brunswick is incredibly proud and excited for the 4 NB athletes to wear the maple leaf with the world watching and cheering. The list of athletes include Wheelchair Basketball athletes, Colin Higgins (Rothesay, NB) and Danielle DuPlessis (Fredericton, NB); Para Triathlete, Kamylle Frenette (Dieppe, NB) and 2016 Paralympic Para Swimmer Danielle Dorris (Moncton, NB) along with her coach Ryan Allen of Moncton as the assistant coach to the Para Swimming team. 

 

“New Brunswick athletes continue to shine and excel at the National level and we are thrilled with a record number of athletes” , said Sally Hutt, Executive Director of Parasport New Brunswick. 

 

Wheelchair Basketball 

 

New Brunswick doubles wheelchair basketball Paralympians with Higgins and DuPlessis. Only two other New Brunswickers have made the Canadian Paralympic Team in wheelchair basketball, Dave Durepos (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) and Sandra DeVaney (1976).

Danielle DuPlessis

While Danielle may still be a rookie on the National Team, her drive, passion and work ethic has earned her a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. She punched her ticket to Tokyo after winning a Gold Medal in Lima, Peru at the ParaPan American Games in 2019. Danielle is an exceptional leader on and off the court, continuing to support new New Brunswick wheelchair basketball athletes and encourage more women to play. Danielle trains in Toronto, plays for the Rollin’ Raptors and has a classification of 4.5 in wheelchair basketball.

 

 

 

Colin Higgins 

 

Following an injury, Colin wasn’t keen on para sports when attended his first Saint John practice in 2014 wearing steel toe boots and jeans thinking he wasn’t going to play, Colin quickly realized wheelchair basketball is a fast, athletic sport and fell in love with the game. He exchanged his work attire for athletic apparel and hasn’t looked back. Colin has since represented NB 2015 Canada Games, attends the University of Missouri and plays for the Mizzou Tigers, and has been a part of the senior men’s national team for 4 years. The Canadian squad qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics when they won a silver medal at the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Colin is a class 4.5.

 

 

Kamylle Frenette

 

Triathletes run in the family for the Frenette’s. Kamylles career started with her dad, competing in local triathlons. Kamylle is an incredible athlete and had early success on the International stage. She has competed in 3 World Cups, 2018 she finished 1st, 2019 finished 1st and in 2021 finished 3rd. Kamylle had back to back 4th place finishes at the 2018 and 2019 World Championships. Kamylle was born with club foot, and is a class PTS5.

 

 

 

Danielle Dorris

 

Making her second Paralympic appearance, Danielle is ready for Tokyo. At the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Danielle was the youngest member of the Canadian Paralympic Team. This year, Danielle is coming in to the Games after setting several Canadian records including the 50 (36.70), 100, (1:21.87), and 200 backstroke (2:59.30); the 50 (34.40), 100 (1:14.05), and 200 butterfly (2:59.76); the 100 individual medley (1:24.77).  In Tokyo she will be swimming in the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Backstroke and 50 Butterfly. 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Allen

 

Ryan has been coaching since 2007 and is now the head coach of the Moncton swim club, Blue et Or. Ryan has been a long time coach of NB athlete Danielle Dorris, however he will be coaching 5 other para swimmers in Tokyo. New Brunswick is proud to have Ryan representing our province, he believes in inclusive opportunities, creating a culture of excellence and growth and values collaboration. 

 

Parasport New Brunswick is wishing all athletes and coaches good luck and we will be cheering you all on!! 

 

There are 128 Canadian athletes, with all of Atlantic Canada being represented, competing in 18 different sports that take place August 24 - September 5. Follow @ParasportNB on Facebook and Instagram for athlete bios, schedules, results and watch parties.

 
All Games will be live streamed and can be found here:  Paralympic.ca/Tokyo-2020, cbc.ca/tokyo2020 and Radio-Canada.ca/jeux-paralympiques.