OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Duncan Campbell (Vancouver, B.C.), the
Canadian "Quadfather" acknowledged as the inventor of the sport of
wheelchair rugby, will receive the prestigious Paralympic Order for
lifetime contributions to the Paralympic movement, the International
Paralympic Committee announced today.
The Paralympic Order is the highest tribute a person connected with the
Paralympic movement can achieve. It will be presented on November 23 at
the 2013 Paralympic Awards in Athens, Greece.
"It's a fantastic honour," said Campbell. "The game has given me more
than I've ever given the game."
In 1976, Campbell and a small group of friends developed the basic
rules, regulations and chair design that form the basis of the high
impact, hugely popular Paralympic team sport.
Campbell, also known as "The Quadfather," continues to recruit and
develop new talent and remains a major player in the sport in Canada. A
mentor to internationally renowned players such as Garett Hickling and
Ian Chan, Campbell has been personally involved in getting nearly every
athlete on the national team from British Columbia involved, including
Hickling, Chan, Travis Murao, Trevor Hirschfield and Byron Green.
"On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, I'd like to sincerely
congratulate Duncan on this prestigious award," said Gaetan Tardif,
President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Duncan's contributions
as an athlete, teacher, mentor and recruiter have paved the way for
generations of athletes to participate in and become world leaders in
wheelchair rugby. Team Canada's silver medal at the London 2012
Paralympic Games was a great tribute to Duncan's support and leadership
over the years."
Campbell works as the National Coordinator of the Bridging the Gap
Program and the Development Director at Canadian Wheelchair Sports
He earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and a BA in
Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta.
Originally from Winnipeg, Man., Campbell is a resident of Vancouver,
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)
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