Successful 2011 Paralympic Excellence Series advances Canada's high
OTTAWA, May 13 /CNW/ - So long, Vancouver, and hello Mexico, London and
Sochi! Now is a great time to be a Canadian Paralympic athlete, with
the continued advancement of high performance sport evident as Canada's
first Paralympic Excellence Series wrapped up today.
The inaugural Paralympic Excellence Series at Carleton University this
week brought together over 100 top medal potential athletes, coaches,
support staff and specialists to learn from each other and enhance
preparation for future Games. Under the theme of "Team Canada:
Performing at Games," speakers addressed topics such as team building,
sports psychology, career planning and motivation.
"Now more than ever, Paralympic sport is a key component of the Canadian
sport system," said Rob Needham, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's
Executive Director, Sport. "For Canadian Paralympic athletes and
coaches to continue to build upon the success they experienced in
Vancouver, it's essential to equip them with leading-edge strategies
and practical skills to complement their day-to-day training as they
prepare for upcoming Games. The Canadian Paralympic Committee looks
forward to continuing to develop innovative approaches to enhance the
preparation of Canadian Paralympic Teams."
With the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games as a catalyst, the Canadian
Paralympic Committee's resources and scope are at an all-time high.
Following Vancouver, the Canadian Paralympic Committee articulated a
bold new vision: to be the world's leading Paralympic Nation. The
Paralympic Excellence Series is one crucial step towards that goal.
"It was amazing to hear other athletes' stories and strategies that will
make future Paralympians stronger competitors," said Michelle Stilwell,
a world record holder and Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair
racing. "I think this whole week has brought many of the sports
together, so we have a team vision when we go to the Games."
Upcoming Games include the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games, the
London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.
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)
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