Mississauga’s Scarff to compete in 2024 Paris Paralympic Games


Published June 24, 2024 at 9:41 pm

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Mississauga's Erica Scarff is one of three athletes, along with Mathieu St-Pierre, and Brianna Hennessy to be nominated to represent Canada in the sport of Para canoe at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, (CNW GROUP PHOTO)

Mississauga’s Erica Scarff was one three athletes named Monday (June 24) to represent Canada in the sport of Para Canoe at the upcoming 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.

This marks the second appearance at the Paralympic Games for Scarff, who will be joined on the Canadian squad by Ottawa’s Brianna Hennessy and Shawinigan’s Mathieu St. Pierre in the announcement made by the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canoe Kayak Canada.

Canada will be sending some 140 athletes to the Paris Games, which will be held August 28 to September 8.

Scarff, 20, was part of the first-ever Para canoe roster to compete back in the sport’s 2016 debut at the Games.

Both Scarff and Hennessy, who along with St. Pierre is also making her second appearance, reached the podium at the 2023 Para Canoe World Championships, earning Paralympic quota spots for Canada.

Scarff won silver in the women’s VL3 200m, while Hennessy placed second in the women’s VL2 200m and bronze in the KL1 200m.

Scarff placed fourth in the VL3 in last month’s 2024 worlds.

“We are in our final push towards Paris and there is lots of preparation still ahead,” said Scarff. “I am looking forward to showcasing our hard work and enjoying our Paralympic moment.”

St. Pierre finished seventh in the men’s VL2 200m to earn the final Canadian spot.

Para canoe events will take place September 6 to 8 at Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium in Paris. The heats will race day one, with semifinals and finals running September 7 to 8.

Canada is still looking for its first medal in the sport.

“A huge congratulations to Brianna, Erica, and Mathieu on their nomination to compete at this summer’s Paralympic Games,” said Josh Vander Vies, co-chef de mission, Paris 2024 Canadian Paralympic Team. “All three are experienced racers, and it has been so exciting to follow their international success over the past few years leading into the Games. I know they will be ready for Paris.”

Canada’s final roster for the games will be named closer to the Paris Games.

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