GUADALAJARA, Nov. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian team athletes and coaches
marked Remembrance Day in Guadalajara, Mexico today in a respectful
ceremony at their headquarters in the Paralympic Village, one day
before the official start of the 2011 Parapan American Games.
The ceremony, organized by the Embassy of Canada in Guadalajara, brought
together Canadian Team members with Canadian veteran Leo Henneberry, a
pilot who served in Korea and Vietnam, as well as having a long
"Canada's veterans represent freedom, courage and equality," said Jordan
Bridal, Paralympic Team Manager and master of ceremonies. "These values
are also inherent in the Paralympic Movement and our team joins all
Canadians in honouring our veterans' sacrifices today."
The modern Paralympic movement started after World War II, when Dr.
Ludwig Guttman organized an archery competition for injured soldiers in
1948 in Stoke Mandeville, England. What started with one sport has
grown in to an international multi-sport movement.
Since 2006, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has partnered with the
Canadian Forces, helping facilitate athletic opportunities for ill and
injured military personnel - some of whom have gone on to compete for
Canada as Paralympians.
"The relationship between the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian
Forces' Soldier On program is special, originating from the military
origins of the Paralympic movement," said Major Jay Feyko. "By
collaborating to provide ill and injured military personnel with
opportunities to participate in parasport, we honour and pay homage to
the sacrifice of members of the Canadian Forces who preserve and
protect our rights and freedoms."
The short ceremony gave the Canadian Team a chance to reflect on those
who have sacrificed to defend our country and its values. As part of
the ceremony, Canadian Team athlete in archery, Lyne Tremblay (Magog,
QC), read Acte du Souvenir and wheelchair basketball player David
Durepos (Fredericton, NB), read For the Fallen.
For more information about Team Canada in Guadalajara, including all
results, plus photos and videos available for download, please visit www.paralympic.ca/guadalajara2011
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