David Durepos Named Canada's Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - One of the world's best outside shooters in wheelchair basketball, David Durepos of Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been named the Opening Ceremony flag bearer for Team Canada at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games.

Durepos has been on the national team since 1994. He has won two Paralympic gold medals and a silver, along with a silver medal from the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio, Brazil.

The announcement was made at the Canadian Team pep rally and flag raising ceremony in the Paralympic Village today.

"I'm clearly very honoured to be named flag bearer," said Durepos. "I've been at this a long time and any time you get to represent your country, it means a lot."

The Opening Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games is Nov. 12 and the Games continue until Nov. 20. Canada has sent 122 athletes and 11 guides/pilots/sports assistants to compete in 11 sports.

Durepos also shared a few words of wisdom with the Canadian Team, many of whom are younger, developing athletes at their first multi-sport Games.

"Focus on the little things, don't focus on the medal, and things will fall in to place," Durepos advised. "Narrow the focus. It's a big privilege to be here."

Selection criteria for the opening ceremony flag bearer require that the athlete exhibit a commitment to fair play; be respected as a role model by other athletes; maintain an exemplary standard of behaviour and have made a contribution to Paralympic sport and the sporting community.

"David exemplifies both the excellence in athletic achievement and the leadership values that all Canadian Team flag bearers share," said Rob Needham, Chef de Mission. "We know that Team Canada members will be proud to enter the stadium behind David."

David Durepos' complete biography can be found online here: http://paralympic.ca/en/detail/37270.html?id=37882&profileid=37882&view=detail

"With today's welcoming of Team Canada to the Athlete's Village in Guadalajara, Canada's athletes are once again getting ready to compete against some of the best in their sports," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "On behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada, I would like to wish the best to all of our athletes during these Games."

For more information about Team Canada in Guadalajara, including all results, plus photos and videos available for download, please visit www.paralympic.ca/guadalajara2011

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SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)

For further information:

or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Jody Kingsbury, Manager
Communications & Media Relations
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 204
(in Guadalajara - Nov. 12-20)
011 52-331 6021 576
jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca
Courtney Pollock, Assistant
Communications & Media Relations
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 200
cpollock@wheelchairbasketball.ca
Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
T: (in Guadalajara - Nov. 6-22): 011 52 331 6009 399
akorn@paralympic.ca
 

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