TO2015 makes a splash with Horn-Miller as assistant Chef de Mission

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On Tuesday, Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller was announced as one of two Assistant Chefs de Mission for Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Horn-Miller, a Sydney 2000 women’s water polo player for Team Canada, will be joined in the role by four-time Pan Am Games racquetball player Josee Grand’Maitre, completing the team of athlete mentors led by three-time Olympic medallist and Chef de Mission for Toronto 2015, Curt Harnett.

“I am honoured to have been chosen and to help mentor and steer our team of Canadian athletes to success during the Toronto 2015 Games,” Horn-Miller said in a Canadian Olympic Committee statement prior to her public unveiling. “Having been mentored by them myself, I know how important the role of the Chef and Assistant Chef is, so this is a position I take very seriously.”

At the Olympic Games in 2000, Horn-Miller co-captained Canada and the team got off to a strong start earning draws against powerful Russia and United States, before soundly thumping Kazakhstan 10-3. However, losses to Netherlands and eventual gold medallist and host country Australia kept Canada out of medal possibility. The United States won silver and Russia the bronze. With Horn-Miller as one of its leaders, Canada showed it could compete with podium countries and the following year won a World Championship bronze medal.

Prior to Sydney, Horn-Miller was a member of the women’s water polo team that won Pan Am Games gold the last time Canada hosted these Games in Winnipeg in 1999.

Grand’Maitre has represented Canada internationally more than any other racquetball player and is excited for the country’s athletes “to show (Pan Am) what Canadians are made of” at Toronto 2015.

Harnett praised the additions to his team saying “Both of these athletes have extensive experience in the Games environment and they will be great assets to help achieve our overall goals and objectives at these Games.”

One of those objectives is to finish on the podium as often as possible when Toronto 2015 takes off from July 10 to 26.

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee Website | Olympic.ca

News Category: 

Latest News

  • May 18, 2017
    CSIO ’s Strength & Conditioning Centre will remain open over Victoria Day Weekend to provide service and support to athletes, however there will be reduced hours of operation. Saturday, May 20: Regular Open Training Hours - 10:00am-2:00pm Sunday...
  • VISTA2017 logo
    May 11, 2017
    VISTA 2017 will be held in Toronto Sept. 20-23 and explore the opportunities and challenges in Paralympic sport science and sport medicine support OTTAWA – May 17, 2017 - The Canadian Paralympic Committee, Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian Sport...
  • G&G
    May 9, 2017
    Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) is proud to announce its partnership with G&G Electronics. As an Official Consumer Electronics Supplier to CSIO , G&G will raise funds through various campaigns at the store level to support CSIO in...
  • Minister McMahon
    May 1, 2017
    Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) congratulates The Honourable Eleanor McMahon , Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport on a successful 2017 Ontario Sport Symposium. Hosted at the historic...
  • VISTA Logo
    April 25, 2017
    The Seoul 1988 bronze medallist will pass on his knowledge at the scientific conference in September. US Army veteran and Paralympic medallist Dr. Rory Cooper has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at September’s VISTA 2017 Conference in Toronto,...