Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Athletes to mark 100 days to Parapan American Games with coast-to-coast media availability

OTTAWA, April 26, 2015 /CNW/ - With the 100 days to go date quickly approaching for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games – this coming Wed. April 29 – select Canadian athletes training for the Games will be available for interviews in their hometowns and/or training locations to talk about the upcoming Games and their preparations.

Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young (Vancouver) and Assistant Chef de Mission Stephanie Dixon (Whitehorse) are also available to offer an overall Team Canada perspective.

To arrange interviews, please contact the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Alison Korn at akorn@paralympic.ca / cell 613-298-4927.

 

NAME

SPORT

CITY on Apr. 29

LANGUAGE

Elisabeth Walker-Young

Chef de Mission (Paralympic
swimmer)

Vancouver (hometown is
Toronto, childhood in Northern Ont.)

bilingual

Stephanie Dixon

Assistant Chef de Mission
 (Paralympic swimmer)

Whitehorse (originally from
Brampton, Ont.)

English

Jose Rebelo

Sitting Volleyball

Montreal

bilingual

Ian Kent

Table tennis

Halifax

English

Doug Ripley

Goalball

Vancouver / New
Westminster, B.C.

English

Priscilla Gagné

Judo

Ottawa (hometown is Sarnia,
Ont., born in Granby Que.)

bilingual

Tony Walby

Judo

Ottawa

English

Justin Karn

Judo

Montreal (born in Guelph,
Ont.)

English

Aurelie Rivard

Swimming

Montreal / St-Jean-sur-
Richelieu

bilingual

Nathan Stein

Swimming

Vancouver

English

Katarina Roxon

Swimming

St. John's, Newfoundland

English

Benoit Huot

Swimming

Toronto (from Longeuil, Que.,
resident of St-Lambert, Que.)

bilingual

Bo Hedges

Wheelchair basketball men

Toronto (lives in Wonowon,
B.C; born in Fort St. John BC)

English

Melanie Hawtin

Wheelchair basketball women

Toronto (from Oakville)

English

Men/Women

Wheelchair basketball national teams

Training at Toronto Pan Am
Sports Centre, Scarborough
Ont. B-roll opportunity

bilingual

Becky Richter

Athletics (throws, wheelchair racing)

Saskatoon, Sask.

English

Robbi Weldon

Cycling

From Thunder Bay, will be in
Sherbrooke, Que for race

English

Charles Moreau

Cycling

From Victoriaville, will be in
Sherbrooke, Que for race

bilingual

 

BACKGROUNDER: ABOUT TEAM CANADA AT THE PARAPAN AMERICAN GAMES

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. All Parapan Am sports contested in Toronto will be qualifying opportunities for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Team Canada is expected to comprise approximately 220 athletes competing in 14 sports: Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Cycling – Road, Cycling – Track, Football 7-a-side, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis.

In consultation with performance partners, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has set a goal of placing in the top three nations in total medal count in Toronto.

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

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