OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen
Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to offer my heartfelt
congratulations to Chantal Petitclerc, who was today named Canada's
Chef de Mission for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
This exciting announcement was made by Commonwealth Games Canada in
Niagara Falls, Ontario.
One of Canada's most decorated athletes, Ms. Petitclerc is the only
Canadian athlete to win gold medals at the Commonwealth, Olympic and
Paralympic Games. She also holds world records in three different
wheelchair racing events.
Ms. Petitclerc owns two 800-metre gold medals from the 2002 Commonwealth
Games in Manchester, England and the 2006 Games in Melbourne,
Australia. In her career, she has won 21 Paralympic medals, including
14 gold, and she is the 2008 winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian
athlete of the year.
The Government of Canada recognizes that our ever-inspiring athletes are
an enormous source of pride for all Canadians and serve as excellent
role models for our young people.
We have maintained record-level funding for the Canadian sport system,
including our support for Commonwealth Games Canada, summer national
sport organizations and Own the Podium. We want to ensure our athletes
reach the podium at every possible opportunity.
I encourage all Canadians to join me in congratulating Chantal
Petitclerc as she begins the work of preparing our Canadian team for
the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(media only), please contact:
Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)