Team Canada aims to match Vancouver 2010 performances
#1YearToGo | #1AnAvant
OTTAWA, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - With exactly one year to go until the
Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee
is looking forward with great anticipation to the Canadian Paralympic
Team competing in Sochi.
Building on the success of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games,
the Canadian Paralympic Team's goal is to finish in the top three
nations at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, based on gold medal
count - which would match the team's performance in Vancouver.
"Perform in the moment, take pride in the journey" is Chef de Mission
Ozzie Sawicki's vision for Team Canada.
"Our expectation of continuing the success attained in Vancouver 2010
remains the target for Sochi in 2014," says Sawicki. "We have certainly
seen quality podium efforts from our winter athletes over the past
month at World Cup and World Championship events and expect that the
pride shown in the journey to Sochi will transition in to performances
in Sochi at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games."
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7 to
16 and will include six sports: para-alpine skiing, biathlon,
para-Nordic skiing, sledge hockey, wheelchair curling and for the first
time in a Paralympic Winter Games, para-snowboard.
"The upcoming year will be key to finalizing our team's preparations
towards great performances in Sochi, and we will work diligently with
our sports partners in delivering an optimal environment for success,"
said Rob Needham, Executive Director of Sport for the Canadian
Canada will compete in all sports and will send approximately 50
athletes to Sochi. The Canadian Paralympic Team will be finalized and
announced in February 2014.
Engaging Canadians to build momentum towards Sochi
In celebration of the One Year to Go mark, the Canadian Paralympic
Committee is inviting Canadians to share their favorite Canadian Winter
Moments on Twitter by tweeting a picture, using the hashtag
#CDNWinterMoments and following @CDNParalympics for a chance to win one
of five Sochi 2014 prize packs.
Whether it's playing hockey, making snow angels, cheering on your
Canadian athletes or enjoying hot cocoa, show us your favorite moments
in the Great White North!
Contest opens Thursday March 7 at 2 p.m. EST and closes Thursday March
14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For full contest rules and regulations, visit http://onekontest.com/CDNWinterMoments
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee:
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization
with 46 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 Paralympic athletes 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)
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
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Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224
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