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Ottawa-Gatineau Parapan Am Games contingent brings home 16 medals




Although he didn’t fulfil that goal at last week’s Parapan American Games in Toronto, he still was extremely proud of winning two medals. It was the third consecutive time he has won a medal at the Games.


But the 54-year-old Kent, afflicted with a movement disorder called dystonia, still has two chances to represent Canada in Rio.


ent, who adopted the national table tennis training centre in Ottawa as his home base from last September to April and then had to endure his family home in Eastern Passage...


Ian Kent: 1 final shot at glory




There was no Forrest Gump moment for table tennis athlete Ian Kent.


He didn’t see the 1994 film and immediately get hooked on the game because Kent and his family had a ping pong table at home long before the fictional character Forrest Gump — played by Tom Hanks — kept his eye on the ball.


Instead, the credit belongs to a man named Neville Brabrook, an all-around athlete who still competes in masters’ cycling at age 71 in Florida.


“He’s a competitive beast,” said Kent, who at age 54 will compete for Canada in table tennis at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto this summer.


Reigning Parapan Am table tennis gold medalist Ian Kent has one message for his opponents: learn from your elders.




At 53, Kent is used to facing athletes half his age, but years of international experience and unmatched dedication to training gives him an edge over younger competitors. In fact, as a para-table tennis player, he hasn’t lost a match in his class  at the Para Pan American Games since 2004.

2014 Canadian Para Table tennis Championships




The 2014 Canadian Para Championships took place in My Table Tennis Club – Mississauga on Oct 18 – 19. 17 Para players from Class 2 to Class 11 participated in the Championships.


Wheelchair player – Muhammad Mudassar of Toronto and standing player Ian Kent from Nova Scotia lead the results both winning gold medals in Singles and Teams. Of further note, Ontario dominated the medal counts winning a total of 14 medals, followed by Nova Scotia of 10 medals.


Last Hurrah for the Man of Kent




Ten days ago, Canadian Ian Kent was in pain and couldn’t stand up; much less compete for a title at the 2014 ITTF Para Table Tennis World Championships which commenced on Monday 8th September.

The man with the appropriate surname was in some trouble.

He hails from Welling which is in south east London; it is in the county of Kent and being from west of the River Medway, Ian is a “Man of Kent”, not a “Kentish Man” if he came from the eastern shores.

3 Final Stops for Canadian PARA players to Conclude 2013




The Copa Tango in Buenos Aires, the Mike Dempsey Memorial in San Diego and the Para PanAmerican Championships in Costa Rica were the final stops of the Canadian PARA players in 2013.


PanAm Games Champion Ian Kent looked strong in the group stages of men’s Class 8, but fell in the quarterfinals in a close 2:3 contest.


Successful Opening Day in San José for Ian, the Man of Kent




Some people simply have the most appropriate name; none more so that Canada’s Ian Kent, currently playing in the Parapan Championships in San José, Costa Rica.

He is one of over 120 players competing in the four day tournament which started on Wednesday 11th December and will conclude on Sunday 15th December 2013; Saturday 14th December being a day of rest and local sightseeing as carnival hits San José.

You can follow the efforts of Ian Kent and other leading players live at the Parapan Championships live as they strive for honours; the winners gaining a place in next year's World Championships.

Kent Wins Gold at Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico




Table tennis contributed two medals to the Canadian tally today - a gold by Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) and a silver by Stephanie Chan (Richmond, BC). 

Canada's Kent wins table tennis gold at Parapan American Games




Canada's Ian Kent won a gold medal in table tennis at the Parapan American Games on Tuesday.   


The native of Eastern Passage, N.S., dropped the opener but roared back to win the next three sets against Brazil's Paulo Salmin, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3.   

Paralympian Kent relishes role as experienced rookie




Ian Kent couldn’t help but break into a smile when asked if he has been to the Paralympic Games before.


“I know my age and my hair colour would indicate I’ve been there before, but no, this is my first,” chuckled the gray-haired Kent, after yesterday’s Olympic sendoff under a rain-soaked tent at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.





The Canadian Paralympic Team of Ian Kent (Halifax), Martin Pelletier of Gatineau, Gerald Brule of Laval and Laurie Sokolowski and Barry Butler of Ottawa harvested one Gold, two silver and two bronze medals for Canada at the IPTTC sanctioned Mexican Open.

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