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Team Canada has earned tickets to Paris 2024 at the Pan Am Games – Team Canada

Team Canada has earned tickets to Paris 2024 at the Pan Am Games – Team Canada

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There’s more than just medals at stake at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago. For many athletes and teams, it’s their chance to either qualify directly for the 2024 Paris Olympics or earn spots on Team Canada, which they hope to add their names to next summer.

How Team Canada can qualify for Paris 2024 at the 2023 Pan Am Games Santiago

Below is a summary of the Olympic qualifications Team Canada secured for Paris while in Santiago.


Boxing is one of the sports in which athletes have Olympic qualifications in name. A semi-final win in Santiago not only guarantees a chance at gold, but gives these boxers a sweet golden ticket to the Paris 2024 Games.

Tamara Thibault – women’s 75 kg

Tamara Thibault, the 2022 world champion, earned a return trip to the Olympics with a huge win over Mexico’s Vanessa Ortiz in the semifinals. Thibault was clearly the victor in the eyes of the judges, winning over all five judges during the three rounds. Thibault had already passed her round of 16 match, which she won when the referee stopped the bout at just 2:51. She followed that up with an official 5-0 win in the quarter-finals.

Tamara Thibault raises her arms in victory as her opponent applauds her
Tamara Thibault of Canada celebrates after defeating Vanessa Ortiz of Mexico in the women’s 75kg boxing semi-final during the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago on Thursday, October 26, 2023. With the win, Thibault secured her place in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Photo by Darren Calabrese/COC

“I’m really happy to be here, and I’m really happy that I was finally able to book my ticket to Paris,” Thibault said. “It’s been a long year and we’ve worked hard for this, so a lot of pressure is off tomorrow [in the final] “I can just have fun.”

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Thibault reached the quarterfinals in her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. This came after winning a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Lima 2019.

Wyatt Sanford – 63.5 kg for men

Wyatt Sanford also earned his second consecutive Olympic appearance. He defeated Brazilian Youri Falcao dos Reis 5-0 in the 63.5kg semi-final. Although four of the five judges awarded the first round to Falcao dos Reis, they all agreed that Sanford was the stronger boxer in the second and third rounds, awarding him the victory on points. Sanford also recorded 5-0 victories in the round of 16 and quarterfinals.

Wyatt Sanford shouts and pumps his fist as the referee raises his arm in victory
Wyatt Sanford of Canada competes against Youri Falcao dos Reis of Brazil in the men’s 63.5kg semi-final during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Thursday, October 26, 2023. With the win, Sanford ensures his qualification for Paris 2024. Photo by Darren Calabrese/COC

“I’m going home to Kennethcock (Nova Scotia). I’m going to get that ticket, I’m going to get that medal, and I’m going to go to the little local coffee shop. It’s me in the ring, but it’s for the whole community. If it wasn’t for my hometown, I wouldn’t be where I am and fighting,” Sanford said. Always with them by my side.”


Team taming

Four young riders from Quebec accomplished the task they set themselves and qualified Canada for the team dressage competition in Paris 2024. This will be the second consecutive Olympic Games at which Canada will have a full dressage team, the lineup of which will be determined next year.

Members of the Canadian dressage team hold bronze medals
Team Canada celebrates its bronze medal in team dressage at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago. Photos by Celie Tetley

The Canadian quartet of Beatrice Boucher (riding Summerwood Lemmy), Camille Carrier-Bergeron (riding Sound of Silence 4), Mathilde Bliss Tetreaux (riding Fedor), and Naima Moreira Laliberte (riding Statesman) won the bronze medal, which was enough to secure the bronze medal. Olympic spot. Team USA won the gold medal, but since they had already qualified for their Olympic berth at the 2022 FEI World Championships, that meant the two spots reserved for the Pan American region went to the other two teams on the podium, silver medalists Brazil and Canada.

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Only Moreira-Laliberte has represented Canada in a multi-sport Games before, making her a veteran of the team at the age of 26. Four years ago at Lima 2019, she was part of Canada’s gold medal in team dressage, which qualified for the Lima 2019. State Championships for Tokyo 2020.

The dressage competition began in Santiago on Sunday, after which the Canadians found themselves in third place after four strong tests. They maintained this position during the second day of competition, finishing with a total of 431,937 points. The Americans took the win with 450.670 and Brazil followed with 443.343.

“We qualified Canada for the Olympics!” said Blaise Tetreault. “We did our job. We are very happy with all of our rides. Our horses were amazing. Everyone showed up to work.”


All shooting quota places are earned for the country and will be allocated to individual athletes next year based on results and other competition criteria.

Women’s 50m rifle 3 positions

Canada’s first Olympic quota in shooting for the 2024 Paris Olympics came courtesy of Shannon Westlake’s bronze medal in the women’s 50-meter rifle 3-position event. A pair of Americans won gold and silver, but the United States had already secured the maximum of two quota places it could have in the event.

The Canadian shooter has his eye on the viewfinder
Shannon Westlake of Canada competes in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions final during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Photo by Darren Calabrese/COC

Westlake was competing in her third consecutive Pan Am Games, but this was her first time on the podium. The last time Canada qualified for the Olympics in any women’s rifle event was in Sydney 2000.

“All the work I’ve done and all the people who have supported me…it was so beautiful to be together today,” Westlake said through happy tears. ”

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Men’s 10m air pistol

Tughrul Ozer set a Pan Am Games record to win gold in the men’s 10m air pistol competition. Ozer’s total score reached 240.5 points, giving him a narrow victory over American James Hall, who scored 239.3 points. The win gives Canada the only Olympic berth that was up for grabs at the event in Santiago 2023.

Tughrul Ozer smiles at the camera while wearing his goggles
Canadian Togrul Ozer competes in the men’s 10m air pistol finals during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games on Thursday, October 26, 2023. Photo by Thomas Skrlej/COC

The last time Canada qualified for the Olympics in the men’s 10m air pistol was with Barcelona in 1992.

Brandi Wilkerson and Melissa Humana-Paredes hold the Canadian flag in front of their teammates

Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games Centre

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