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Yesterday we had an interesting cultural exchange at Shinyu. One of the rowers, Vicky, has a guide dog named Angus and he has become quite the celebrity. It's apparently very rare for the Chinese to see big dogs. In fact, it's illegal to own a dog over 30 lbs here!
Dan Olson in the Burnaby Now writes on Coquitlam's Dustin Walsh who made it to Paralympic Games in Athens and finished just off the podium in 5th place - this year he will be competing in Beijing in both the 200 and 400 meters and doing it with a new running guide, Steve Walters. As a blind runner, the Coquitlam ath
Humourous story in Australia's Canberra Times about first time Aussie Cycling Team Paralympian Michael Milton's attempt to bring his favorite snack meal diced peaches on his 12 hour flight to Beijing. Milton failed in his bid to get the peaches on board. ''They told him the liquid the peaches were in some f
Canada scored 18 medals at the Beijing Games and the expectation is that mark will be surpassed by a factor of 3 by our Paralympic team and according to Canada's chef de mission Debbie Low could land Canada a top 5 finish. Low expects the Canadian athletes will be able to feed off the momentum the Canadian Olympians
Among CBC.ca's list of Canada's top 10 Paralympic prospects for Beijing is Victoria swimmer and long time National team member Stephanie Dixon: Stephanie Dixon (Swimming): Dixon is one of the most decorated Canadian athletes ever to compete at the Paralympic Games.
The Province's Kent Gilchrist continues his profiles of BC Paralympians today focusing on swimmer Donovan Tildesley who will compete in 5 different events in Beijing. Donovan Tildesley swims like it's a full-contact sport. You've heard of athletes who are so intense they are described as "sweating blood"?
Yesterday went pretty much according to plan. We went off to the "silk market" which says "Pearl Market" on the outside just to ensure confusion amoung the foreigners.
The Province's Kent Gilchrist took a look at Misty Thomas in today's paper: Misty Thomas expects the Beijing Paralympics basketball tournament to be the biggest, best and most hard-fought event in which she will have ever participated.
Well the blue skies continue! We've been very lucky. The Village has really filled up these past few days. All the Canadians are here now, so it's great to see all the athletes and activity. On Sunday we had a quiet day in the medical clinic so a few of us took an impromtu tour.

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