OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee, in
partnership with Own The Podium and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario,
is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Absolon as Paralympic
High Performance Athlete Development Advisor, based in Toronto, Ont.,
at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.
Absolon is the second Paralympic High Performance Athlete Development
Advisor. His work will complement that of Jean-François Rapatel who was
appointed to the same role in September 2013 and is based in Victoria,
B.C. at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.
The first position of its kind in the country, the Paralympic High
Performance Athlete Development Advisor role is designed to build on
and enhance the current parasport system and ultimately boost Canada's
medal standing at future Paralympic Games. Absolon and Rapatel will
work with targeted Paralympic sports on developing gold medal profiles
to identify athlete prospects for the Paralympic podium, along with
developing clear pathways to get them there.
Originally from London, UK, Absolon holds a M.A. and B.A. from Sussex
University. He is an experienced sports development manager with a
proven track record of driving participation and developing athletes.
Previously based in London, he was the Disability Development Manager
for the Tennis Foundation from 2011 to 2013 and was Tennis Development
Officer for the International Tennis Federation from 2008 to 2011.
A licensed tennis and soccer coach and volunteer guide runner, Absolon
is also a member of the International Paralympic Committee's
Development Committee. He developed and managed wheelchair tennis
development programmes in 35 countries, including Iraq, Kenya and
Moldova through the ITF Tennis Wheelchair Development Fund. He also
produced comprehensive coach education training materials and resources
to support British tennis coaches in delivering tennis to people with a
Absolon started in the role on Oct. 30.
"I'm very excited about this new role, the potential for innovation and
the partnership between OTP and CPC and CSI Ontario," said Absolon.
"I'm looking forward to working with all three organizations in moving
Paralympic sport forward to make Canada the world's leading Paralympic
"With Jean-Francois in Victoria and Daniel now in Toronto, we look
forward to their work contributing to the deepening of Canada's
competitive prospects internationally in Paralympic sport and ensuring
that we continue to advance," added Catherine Gosselin-Desprès,
Executive Director of Sport for the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
"We're thrilled to be working with our sport partners on this
enhancement to the Paralympic sport system."
"The quality and depth of competition at the Paralympic Summer and
Winter Games has increased dramatically around the world over the last
eight years and therefore, Canada cannot stand still if we want to
continue being a world-leading sport nation," said Anne Merklinger,
chief executive officer, Own the Podium. "For Canada to remain
competitive, we need to continue building the talent pool of athletes
with a disability across the country in an effort to develop more
athletes into podium contenders at future Paralympic Games. I commend
the Canadian Paralympic Committee for its focus on this area. I know
Daniel will be a significant asset in helping Canada achieve its future
Paralympic performance goals."
"This is a very important development for Canadian athletes with a
disability," said Debbie Low, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Sport
Institute Ontario. "The Paralympic High Performance Athlete Development
Advisors will help ensure Canada's Paralympians can compete and win
against the best in the world."
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
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