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TORONTO, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee is
pleased to announce that four-time Paralympic swimmer Elisabeth
Walker-Young (North Vancouver, B.C.) has been named Team Canada's Chef
de Mission for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
Walker-Young competed at four Paralympic Games in swimming, winning six
medals (three gold, one silver and two bronze). She was Team Canada's
Assistant Chef de Mission at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
"Elisabeth's contribution to the London Paralympic Games as Assistant
Chef de Mission was spectacular and I couldn't be happier to have her
leading the largest Parapan Am Canadian Team ever in her native
Ontario," said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic
Committee. "There is great value in Canada hosting international events
and I know Elisabeth will help Team Canada's athletes and coaches make
the most of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of competing at a home
Games. Just being around Elisabeth is motivating and she has a natural
rapport-building ability that I know the team will appreciate and
benefit greatly from."
"Elisabeth is now a respected sports administrator and is uniquely
suited to this leadership role," added Tardif. "She brings an important
athlete perspective to her work."
"I'm honored and thrilled to be named the Chef de Mission for the
Canadian 2015 Parapan Am Team," said Elisabeth Walker-Young. "This is
the culmination of years of focus and hard work as an athlete, of
contributions as a volunteer and experiences working in the sport
sector. It is these experiences, memories and skills from my
participation in sport and the values I learned along the way that I
hope to share with the athletes and coaches of Team Canada, to help
them reach their goals."
The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games run August 7 to 15, 2015 and
will feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports.
Team Canada is expected to send a team of approximately 200 athletes
and has set a goal of finishing in the top three nations in total medal
Now working for Curl BC as the Educational Programs Manager,
Walker-Young is a passionate and successful advocate for the importance
of active, healthy living and sport opportunities for all. She managed
international projects and operations for the Vancouver 2010 Organizing
Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), is a
compelling motivator and keynote speaker, serves on the Paralympic
Development Committee and Classification Taskforce for the CPC and also
teaches indoor cycling classes.
Originally from Toronto, Walker-Young took up swimming with the Variety
Village Flames. Fluently bilingual, she attended École élémentaire
Gabrielle-Roy, Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Thornhill Secondary School
and Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute in the elite athlete program.
"I first found out about the Paralympic movement when I lived in
Toronto," said Walker-Young. "I'm excited to be leading the Canadian
Team on home soil in what promises to be our best Parapan Am Games yet.
These Games will be integral preparation and provide a marker for our
athletes with their eyes set on Rio 2016. It will also serve as the
ever-so-important first international multi-sport competitive
opportunity for some athletes."
The Chef de Mission is the official spokesperson for the Canadian Team
and will be part of the leadership team supporting the Canadian Parapan
Am Team. Responsibilities include participation in site visits, regular
conference calls and mission staff meetings, national events, selection
trials, training events, the Chef de Mission Seminar, Mission
Orientation Seminar and the Games themselves. Walker-Young will also
promote Canada's elite parasport summer athletes and raise awareness of
Paralympic-level sport and the Canadian Team.
As a member of the Canadian Paralympic Swim Team for 13 years,
Walker-Young competed at the 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney,
and 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, winning three gold, one silver and
two bronze medals overall. Throughout her swimming career, she broke
numerous Canadian and world records and was team captain for more than
half of her career.
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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SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224
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