Six Olympians from Durham Region returning home from Tokyo with medals

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Published August 9, 2021 at 8:35 pm

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The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are officially over, and it was a historic performance from Canada in Tokyo, Japan.

Canada finished with the eleventh-most medals among competing countries with a total of 24. Of these, seven were gold, six were silver, and 11 were bronze.

Canada also gave a new meaning to the expression ‘play like a girl,’ as 18 of the 24 athletes to reach the podium for Canada were female competitors.

Durham Region was well represented among Canadian medalists, as athletes from Whitby, Courtice, Ajax, Beaverton, and Pickering will be returning home with luggage that’s slightly heavier than what they left with.

Whitby’s Kailen Sheridan, Courtice’s Allysha Chapman, Ajax’s Nichelle Prince, and Pickering’s Jayde Riviere all won gold in women’s soccer, as Canada beat Sweden in the championship match on penalties.

Additionally, Whitby’s Jessica Kilmkait won bronze in women’s judo in the 56 kg weight class, and Beaverton’s Joey Lye won bronze in women’s softball, as Canada beat Mexico for the third-best record of the tournament.

The 24 medals earned in Tokyo was the most ever for the Summer Olympics in Canadian history (excluding Games that were boycotted), and it was also the first time the Canadian women’s soccer team has claimed gold after coming so close in so many recent attempts.  

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