OTTAWA, Oct. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Paralympian Carla Qualtrough
(Delta, B.C.), has been elected Vice President of the Americas
Paralympic Committee's Governing Board at the Americas Paralympic
Committee General Assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"I am very excited about assuming this new role," said Qualtrough. "Over
the next few years, the eyes of the world will be on the Americas
region as we head into the TORONTO 2015 Parapan American Games and the
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This is an excellent time to build capacity
in the Americas and increase opportunities for athletes with a
disability to participate in sport. I am very grateful to the Canadian
Paralympic Committee for their support."
Qualtrough won three bronze medals in swimming at the 1988 and 1992
Paralympic Games and now works as a lawyer. She is Vice
Chair/Adjudicator at the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal of
British Columbia. The election took place on Friday, Oct. 18. The
position is a four year term.
"We are extremely pleased that Carla was elected to the APC Executive,"
said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
"Canada is very committed to supporting the Pan American region for
Paralympic sport and Carla's leadership will certainly help support the
growth of Paralympic sport, from the grassroots to the podium. Her
experience as a past President of the CPC and her work with both the
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games and the TORONTO 2015 Parapan American
Games all provide extensive experience and perspective for her
leadership in this role."
Qualtrough previously worked as legal counsel for both the British
Columbia Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights
Commission. Among her many appointments, she was the International
Paralympic Committee's Legal Officer for the London 2012 Paralympic
Games and has been on the International Paralympic Committee's Legal
and Ethics Committee since 2002.
Qualtrough was President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 2006
to 2010, worked for the 2010 Legacies Now Society as Director of
Inclusion, and is on the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games
Sport & Legacy Committee. A mission staff member at four Paralympic and
two Commonwealth Games, Qualtrough has won numerous leadership and
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization
with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the
Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to
be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the
development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to
enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By
supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and
promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all
Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs
delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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