OTTAWA, July 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Four Ottawa-area athletes, all training in
hopes of being selected to compete at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter
Games, took part in the live Canada Day Noon Show today on Parliament
Hill, attended by thousands and watched by millions.
"It was such a thrill today to be part of the Noon Show and to have the
chance to showcase my sport of sledge hockey to so many Canadians,"
said Paralympic gold medallist and world champion Marc Dorion of
Bourget, Ont. "Hearing the roar of the crowd when I was on stage was a
great reminder of all the support my teammates and I are receiving on
the road to the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia."
Sochi 2014 Paralympic athlete hopefuls appearing in the Canada Day Noon
Show, along with Dorion, included para-Nordic skier Margarita
Gorbounova (Ottawa, Ont.), para-snowboarder John Leslie (Arnprior,
Ont.) and sledge hockey player Ben Delaney (Ottawa, Ont.).
"Being originally from Russia, I am thrilled to have the chance to
compete in Sochi and to represent Canada, the county that I am proud to
call home," said Gorbounova. "Canada Day is also my birthday, which
makes this opportunity to be part of the Noon Show on Parliament Hill
doubly exciting for me."
With the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games just eight months away, the
Canadian Paralympic Committee is looking forward with great
anticipation to Team Canada competing in Sochi. There is also
excitement in the summer sport community over Canada hosting two world
championships next month:
The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Quebec, will take
place from Aug. 12 to 18 and will attract 650 swimmers from 60
"The London 2012 Paralympic Games were such a highlight for me and now I
look forward to welcoming many of the same international Paralympic
swimmers to my hometown of Montreal," said swimmer Benoit Huot, who won
gold, silver and bronze medals in London and was named Team Canada's
flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony. "Competing on home soil is a rare
and precious opportunity for any athlete, and I know all members of
Canada's swim team intend to make the most of it."
The 2013 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships will take place in
Baie-Comeau, Quebec, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.
"Having changed pilots since the London 2012 Paralympic Games [with the
retirement of Lyne Bessette], it's been really exciting to have had
success this season with Émilie Roy as my new pilot," said Paralympic
gold medallist cyclist Robbi Weldon. "We are now fine-tuning our
preparations to race in Baie-Comeau and can't wait to perform in front
of a home crowd and many of our friends and family."
Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, reflected
on the efforts and contributions of athletes and all their supporters
to Canada's Paralympic movement.
"Today on Canada Day, the Canadian Paralympic Committee cheers and
acknowledges all Team Canada athletes, past and present, and thanks all
coaches, sport and corporate partners, friends and family who are part
of an athlete's journey towards excellence," said Tardif. "Whether it's
appearing in the Canada Day Noon Show, preparing for upcoming world
championships or training for Sochi, our Canadian Paralympic athletes
are hard at work representing our country with pride and determination.
We are proud of how they serve as inspiration and as ambassadors for
all Canadians to be active and get involved."
Sport not only builds great athletes, it builds great people.
Friendship, confidence, and opportunity are three of the top benefits
both parents and children cite as reasons to get involved in sport. To
find out more about getting involved in parasport, please visit www.paralympic.ca/getinvolved
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
Image with caption: ""Hearing the roar of the crowd when I was on stage was a great reminder of all the support my sledge hockey teammates and I are receiving on the road to the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia," said Paralympic gold medallist and world champion Marc Dorion of Bourget, Ont. (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130701_C4629_PHOTO_EN_28664.jpg
Image with caption: "Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls with singer Carly Rae Jepsen in Ottawa for Canada Day (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130701_C4629_PHOTO_EN_28665.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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