Two Barrie residents selected for key health care positions as countdown begins to Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games



    OTTAWA, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Barrie, Ontario residents Richard Goudie
and Nancy Quinn have been appointed Chief Medical Officer and Chief Therapist
for the Canadian team at the Beijing Summer Paralympic Games, the Canadian
Paralympic Committee announced Thursday on the one-year countdown to next
year's premiere sporting event for athletes with a physical disability.
    Dr. Goudie will manage and supervise a multi-disciplinary health care
team and oversee the health care services that will be provided to the entire
Canadian team.
    "It's an honour to be chosen to work at such an important multi-sport
Games," said Goudie, who works at the Active Health Sports Medicine Centre in
Barrie. "I want to ensure that the best group of individuals gets selected for
the medical team, and that they will remember it as a great event they were
proud to be part of. My goal is for the medical team to provide Canada's
Paralympic athletes with the best medical service that they have ever had."
    A sport medicine expert with special training in tropical medicine,
Dr. Goudie was part of Canada's medical team at the Parapanamerican Games in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August. He has also been part of the country's
medical team at the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, World University
Games, Canada Summer Games and Jeux de la Francophonie.
    Throughout his 15-year career, he has worked as a physician at the ICU
World Road Cycling Championships, Ironman Triathlon Canada, London City
marathon and the Ontario College Athletic Association provincial volleyball
championships, along with being the team doctor for the University of Western
Ontario's varsity hockey team.
    Quinn, a registered physiotherapist, will work alongside Dr. Goudie. The
owner of the multi-disciplinary clinic Quinn Rehab Services since 1994, she
has over 10 years of Paralympic Games experience, beginning with the 1996
Games in Atlanta and including the Games in Sydney in 2000, in Salt Lake City
in 2002 and Turin in 2006. She has also worked with the Para-Alpine team at
World Cups in Europe and at able-bodied world championships for rowing,
powerlifting, triathlon and basketball.
    "I am delighted to be heading to Beijing with our Canadian team next
summer," said Quinn. "With a medical team selected from some of the very best
from across this country, we will provide unsurpassed care to our athletes as
they strive for excellence in their sporting performances."
    The remainder of the Canadian medical team for the Beijing Paralympic
Games will be chosen at the end of September.
    The Beijing Paralympic Summer Games run from September 6-17, 2008 in
China.

    About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic
Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games.
The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all
levels. For more information, visit our website at: www.paralympic.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Norma Reveler, media relations, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227, norma@paralympic.ca


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