Canadian Paralympic Committee and AthletesCAN announce 2008 Paralympic Summer Games athlete ombudsperson



    OTTAWA, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Manitoba lawyer Jeff Palamar was named
today as the athlete ombudsperson for the Canadian Team headed to the Beijing
2008 Paralympic Games.
    "I am looking forward to working with our Paralympians and to playing a
part in making the upcoming Beijing Games a success for Team Canada," said
Palamar, who was appointed to the voluntary position after an extensive search
by the Canadian Paralympic Committee and AthletesCAN.
    He will provide guidance and counsel to members of the Canadian Team at
the Paralympic Games to quickly and effectively resolve any disputes or issues
that may arise at the Games. The athlete ombudsperson will liaise with the
2008 Canadian Paralympic Team and AthletesCAN leading up to and during the
Games.
    "The athlete ombudsperson is an essential part of a successful team.
Athletes need to know they have someone onsite whom they can turn to for
assistance and who will represent their voice," said Jasmine Northcott,
executive director of AthletesCAN.
    Palamar has been honorary legal counsel for Team Canada Volleyball since
1997 and provides counsel on an ongoing basis to Sport Manitoba. He's
currently the provincial chair of KidSport Manitoba.
    He graduated with a law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1984
and began his career at Taylor McCaffrey LLP in Winnipeg, MB in 1985. He
became a partner seven years later and practices primarily in the areas of
employment, labour and administrative law, including sports, human rights,
Aboriginal and civil litigation.
    "We are happy to add Jeff as the latest member of our support team, which
also includes doctors, physiotherapists, technical services officers and
communications specialists, who are already working together behind the scenes
to ensure Canada's Paralympic athletes are able to concentrate solely on their
competitions at the Beijing Games," said Debbie Low, the Canadian Paralympic
Committee's 2008 Beijing Games Chef de Mission. "There will be some incredible
and inspiring performances by Canada's Paralympians in China."
    The Beijing Paralympic Summer Games run from September 6-17, 2008 in
China.

    About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic
Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games.
The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all
levels. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.

    About AthletesCAN

    AthletesCAN is the collective voice of Canadian national team athletes.
Established in 1992, AthletesCAN provides programs of leadership, advocacy and
education to ensure a fair, responsive and supportive sport system for
athletes.




For further information:

For further information: Gabrielle Payette, Canadian Paralympic
Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 225, gabrielle@paralympic.ca; or Rachal
Fleury, AthletesCAN, (613) 526-4025, rfleury@athletescan.com


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