The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) officially welcomed two new sports to its family and elected to two-year terms the directors for the Athlete Council and Coaches Committee at its Annual General Meeting and Congress, held this weekend at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa.
Over 150 representatives from member sports, performance partners, government, corporate and media partners gathered for two days Friday and Saturday for a series of engaging presentations.
Multiple Paralympic champion and Canada’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, Chantal Petitclerc, launched the event with a session on her journey to excellence.
Preparations for Rio 2016, the impact of the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, trends in Paralympic sport both internationally and in Canada were also showcased as part of the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s quest to become a world-leading Paralympic nation.
“We are going to continue to make sure we have those conversations and partnerships and pay attention to good governance,” said President Gaetan Tardif.
“It’s a good time to be involved in Paralympic sport,” added CEO Karen O’Neill. “It’s about finding ways and means to work together. There have been tremendous inroads made and I’m looking forward to applying them even further. It’s about being tenacious and working together towards becoming a leading Paralympic nation.”
The two new sports which will officially debut at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo are para-badminton and para-taekwondo. Para-badminton has held world championships since 1998 while para-taekwondo held its first worlds in 2009.
Para-snowboarder Tyler Mosher of Whistler was elected as athlete director for the organization’s seven-member Athlete Council. Mosher was a 2010 Paralympian in para-nordic skiing and a 2009 world champion and 2014 Paralympian in para-snowboard. He was a member of the Athletes Committee from 2008 to 2013 and has been a Canadian Paralympic Committee board member since 2013 as the athlete representative.
Stephen Burke of Calgary was elected the director of the nine-member Coaches Committee. He brings many years of experience as a coach in para-cycling as well as project management and leadership. Burke developed the National Cycling Centre Calgary Para-Cycle Program into a national program for athletes with physical disabilities.
At the forefront of the Congress was the gala event on Friday evening, hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, at which seven individuals were inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame.
Story and Photo from the Canadian Paralympic Committee Website | Paralympic.ca