Statement to Media - Canadian Paralympic Committee recognizes Alex Baumann's contribution to the Paralympic Movement

OTTAWA, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee would like to recognize the incredible commitment and contribution of Alex Baumann, Chief Executive Officer of Own the Podium, to the Canadian Paralympic Team and Movement. His deep knowledge and experience within high performance sport, as well as his unparalleled commitment and energy to lead Canada to the podium has greatly impacted Paralympic programs within Canada.

Mr. Baumann's approach challenged athletes, coaches and administrators to demand a higher level of performance and to constantly strive to be the best. The Canadian Paralympic Team's third-place finish at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games is a testament of this philosophy.

"Alex had an unapologetic approach in his demand for gold. He helped Canadians believe in their ability to be among the best in the world," said Henry Storgaard, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "He also believed that there was no difference between an Olympic and Paralympic medal and that attitude has elevated the Paralympic Movement to a new height. He has made us proud to be Canadian and has inspired athletes with a disability to show the world that Canada is a serious contender for the podium."

The Canadian Paralympic Committee respects Mr. Baumann's decision to step down as the leader of the Own the Podium, and wishes him all the best in his new role as Chief Executive Officer of High-Performance Sport New Zealand.

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.

SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)

For further information:

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927
akorn@paralympic.ca

Web: Paralympic.ca
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