LONDON, UK, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The International Paralympic Committee
(IPC), the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, announced
today that Canada will be the host country for the 2013 IPC Swimming
World Championships next August.
While the host city is yet to be confirmed, Swimming Canada CEO Pierre
Lafontaine says that he is excited to bring another major international
swimming event to Canada.
"Over the years, Canada has had great success at hosting international
swimming events," said Lafontaine. "Bringing IPC Swimming World
Championships for the first time to North America will be a great
opportunity to showcase the best para-swimmers in the world. We are
delighted that Canada will play host to the 2013 IPC Swimming World
Championships, the sixth edition of the event. With a seven-day program
that includes 180 medal events across 14 classifications, it will be a
fantastic opportunity to showcase Paralympic Sport in North America
between Paralympic Games years."
The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is partnering with Swimming
Canada for these championships.
"This is a great opportunity for us to partner with one of the leading
national sport organizations, Swimming Canada, in bringing this
prestigious event to Canada," said Henry Storgaard, CEO of the CPC.
"It's important for our athletes to compete at such a high level in
front of Canadian supporters. This event will be a great platform for
our Paralympic swimmers to inspire the next generation of para-athletes
and show Canadians with a disability that sport is accessible to them.
For the CPC, hosting parasport events in Canada on an ongoing basis
will significantly contribute to the growth of our sport community as
we aspire to become one of the leading nations in parasport."
"Giving Canadian athletes the opportunity to compete in front of their
families, friends and youth across the country will be significant in
Swimming Canada's goal of encouraging more athletes with a disability
to take their joy of plunging into the pool at recreational swim
lessons to the next step, and chase a Paralympic dream," added Anne
Merklinger, chief executive officer Own the Podium. "Hosting major
international events at home therefore is critical to the growth of all
sports, and in turn, helps build depth which is key to any
medal-winning program. We applaud the International Paralympic
Committee for giving Canada the opportunity to host the IPC World
Championships, and the chance to showcase para-swimming at its highest
level to all Canadians."
The previous IPC Swimming World Championships were held in Eindhoven,
Netherlands and attracted 49 athletes from 53 countries competing in
181 medal events.
Based on a Letter of understanding signed today, Swimming Canada will
finalize the date and location of the 2013 IPC Swimming World
Championships by October 2012.
SOURCE: CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)
For further information:
International Paralympic Committee
Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
UK cell: 0751 3959 001
Canadian Paralympic Team
London : 07510 875 867