Krinos Foods announces its partnership with Toronto, Ontario sprinter Marissa Papaconstantinou. The Canadian record holder and Ryerson sports media student is a medal favourite heading into the 2019 Para Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar this November. But her ultimate goal is to be atop the podium at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Prior to bursting onto the world stage at the 2015 World Championships at just 16 years of age, Marissa had spent most summers with her family in Greece. She carries a deep pride of her heritage and has a fondness for Greek cuisine. “As I’m proud to represent Canada at competitions around the world I am also equally proud to represent my heritage and share my love of Greek food,” said Marissa. “My diet helps keep me healthy and helps me fuel up for intense workouts. I sometimes like to infuse a little Greek twist to my meals and Krinos Canada products have always been a staple in my home.”
As Krinos Canada’s newest ambassador, Marissa will be featured in an upcoming ad campaign and making some appearances to promote their Greek line of food products. “We’ve been drawn to Marissa because she embodies the best of Greek heritage, Canadian pride, determination and inspiration. These qualities reflect our business values and after meeting with her in person we knew it was the perfect fit.” said Alexander Georgiadis, President, Krinos Canada.
Being born without a right foot has never got in the way of Marissa pursuing what she wanted to achieve in life. Originally a soccer and basketball player, Marissa fell in love with track after being fitted for her first running blade at the age of 12 at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She joined a local track club and a year later was the Canadian record holder. At the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Marissa finished 9th in the 100m but was disqualified during the 200m finals for stepping on the line. Seeking redemption at the 2017 World Championships, Marissa placed 6th in the 100m. Then while sprinting to the finish line in podium position in the 200m, Marissa tore her hamstring. Despite agonizing pain and heartbreak, she got up and finished the race in dramatic fashion, with the support of 40,000 cheering fans. Images from that moment went viral on social media all around the world.
Fully recovered from her injury, Marissa has continued to improve her personal best times. At a recent competition in Switzerland, Marissa took a half-second off her 100m PB. Marissa is an experienced public speaker sharing her messages and experiences to youth about never giving up, resiliency, and believing anything is possible.
About Krinos Canada
What began half a century ago with an Amfissa olive tree is now an international food company with food plants in Toronto, Montréal, Edmonton and Vancouver. Krinos Canada is North America’s largest importer, distributer and manufacturer of Greek specialty foods including cheeses, olive oil, pasta, beans, peppers, yogurt, condiments and confectionery items. They also import a variety of quality beverages including coffees and teas.