Canadian Paralympic Committee congratulates new COC president Tricia Smith

OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to congratulate Tricia Smith, an internationally respected sport leader, Olympic rower and accomplished lawyer, who was elected earlier today as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

"On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, our congratulations to Tricia as she embarks on her presidency," said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Tricia brings inclusive, positive leadership to the Canadian Olympic movement. Her decades of experience in both sport and the law are unmatched. She always puts the athletes and coaches first and believes strongly in the positive power of sport.

"We look forward to continued collaboration with our Olympic counterparts, working together to strengthen the Canadian sport system, support our athletes in their journey to the podium and spark the dream in the next generation of champions."

Smith is a four-time Olympian and won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games. A successful business owner and lawyer, she has a 30-year involvement with the Canadian Olympic Committee, is a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport and is Chair of the FISA (international rowing federation) women's commission. She served two terms as vice-president of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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

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For further information: Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243, Cell: 613-298-4927,; Martin Richard, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224, Cell: 613-725-4339,


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