TORONTO, Jan. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Special Olympics Canada is thrilled to
congratulate Special Olympics Manitoba's Vice President of Sport and
Program, Jennifer Campbell, on being named to the Canadian Association
for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity's (CAAWS)
Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity list for 2013.
CAAWS has published the Most Influential Women List for the past 12
years, aiming to recognize and highlight the achievements of Canadian
women in sport. Past inductees include the late Sarah Burke, Clara
Hughes, Hayley Wickenheiser, Cassie Campbell, Anne Merklinger and Cathy
Priestner Allinger, to name a few.
Jennifer has been a long-standing advocate and champion of using sport
to enrich the lives of Canadians with intellectual disabilities,
particularly through her various roles within Special Olympics
Manitoba. Most recently, she led Team Canada as Chef de Mission at the
2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of
Korea, the only person to have held this role for Canada at a Special
Olympics World Games twice. The first time was at the 2011 Special
Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. In PyeongChang, Jennifer
led Team Canada to a record medal total of 109. Jennifer also serves as
a member of Special Olympics Canada's Canadian Sport Council,
contributing both her expertise and knowledge to the organization on a
With Special Olympics Manitoba since 1995, Jennifer has held various
positions within the organization and has taken on an increasing number
of leadership roles throughout her tenure. Special Olympics Manitoba,
along with Special Olympics Canada, is fortunate to have someone with
an enthusiasm and passion for sport such as Jennifer on their team.
The CAAWS Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List is
compiled through a CAAWS selection panel, as well as public nominations
and contributions from knowledgeable sport and physical activity
leaders. Please click here to see the full list of this year's recipients.
About Special Olympics Canada
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement
is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual
disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating
out of sport clubs in all Canadian provinces and territories, except
Nunavut, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to
empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From
two-year-olds to mature adults, more than 36,739 athletes with an
intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round
programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 17,398
volunteers, including more than 12,694 trained coaches.
SOURCE: Special Olympics Canada
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