OTTAWA, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - I would like to congratulate David Durepos,
who has been given the honour of carrying the Canadian flag at the
opening ceremony of the IV Parapan American Games in Guadalajara,
One of the world's best outside shooters in wheelchair basketball, Mr.
Durepos of Fredericton, New Brunswick, 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,
Our Government is proud to work with the Canadian Paralympic Committee
and the sport community to raise awareness of Paralympic sport and
support our athletes with disabilities. These athletes are an
inspiration and a source of pride for all Canadians.
More than 1,500 athletes from over 30 countries will be taking part in
the IV Parapan American Games from November 12 to 20, 2011. These
participants, the best parasport athletes of the Americas, will compete
against one another in 13 different disciplines, and some will seek to
qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada,
I wish much success to all the Canadian athletes taking part in the
Games. I would also like to thank the coaches, parents, and friends who
offer their unwavering support to our athletes so that they are able to
reach new heights in their sport.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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