Benoit Huot will be one of Canada's big hopes in swimming at the Games ©Getty Images

The Canadian Paralympic Committee have announced their largest ever team for a Parapan American Games with 216 athletes set to compete in front of a home crowd in Toronto from August 7 to 15.

Following on from their success at the Pan American Games, where the host country finished second in the overall medals table, they will be hoping to secure a similarly impressive haul of medals during the Parapan American Games.

Five-a-side football will be the only sport of the 15 set to be contested at the Games in which Canada will not be represented and their Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young believes the team are well equipped for success with less than a week to go until competition commences.

"Our athletes are going into Toronto extremely well prepared and, backed by the home crowd, they are ready to produce great and memorable performances,” the former swimmer, a three-time Paralympic gold medallist, said.

“We are committed to making the 2015 Parapan Ams a fantastic finale to the Toronto 2015 experience."

One of the most likely Canadian medal winners will be nine-time Paralympic champion Benoit Huit, who will lead the 41-strong swimming team, the host’s largest representation across any sport at the Games.

A further 16 athletes are set to compete for Canada in cycling, including Paralympic gold medallist Robbi Weldon, one of a number of competitors who currently competing at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Para-cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Visually impaired cyclist Robbi Weldon will be another favourite to claim medals for Canada
Visually impaired cyclist Robbi Weldon will be another favourite to claim medals for Canada ©Getty Images

Archery will be one of the sports in which the hosts have a smaller team, with only four athletes selected.

Two-time world champion Kevin Evans will be expected to lead their challenge.

In table tennis, all eyes will be on 53-year-old Ian Kent, a four-time Parapan American Games champion.

Success at the Games will also prove crucial for the Rio 2016 aspirations of Canada’s wheelchair basketball teams, with the men requiring a top two finish to progress to next year’s Paralympics, while the women can seal a berth by ending in the top three teams.

Gaetan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, believes the Parapan American Games are a vital for the preparation of all of their athletes ahead of Rio 2016 and hopes the home crowd engages with the Games as much as they did at the Pan American Games.

"We have witnessed spectacular moments at the Pan Am Games which have united Canadians coast-to-coast," he said.

"We will continue to build on the excitement and show the country how tough our Parapan Am team athletes are.

“These Games are a critical milestone for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and Team Canada athletes will be ready to compete at their best."

CBC/Radio-Canada is the official broadcaster of the Games in Canada and are hoping to provide supporters across the country with extensive multi-platform coverage, which will include live streaming of swimming, athletics, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball competition online.

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