MEDIA RELEASE/TELECONFERENCE REMINDER - Canadian Paralympic Committee Announces Mission Staff for London 2012 and Guadalajara 2011

OTTAWA, April 28 /CNW/ -The Canadian Paralympic Committee, Chef de Mission Gaétan Tardif and Assistant Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young today announced the Mission Staff for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games - including top experts in their field and two prominent Paralympic medallists.

Chantal Petitclerc (Montreal, QC), one of the most accomplished track athletes of all time, moves in to a new role as Athlete Services Officer, following her retirement from Paralympic competition with 21 Paralympic medals, including 14 gold.

Swimmer Kirby Côté (Winnipeg, MB) has won 13 Paralympic Games medals and is also an Athlete Services Officer. Petitclerc and Côté will focus on directly supporting Canadian athletes, pre-Games, during and immediately post-Games.

Dr. Richard Goudie (Barrie, ON), a sports medicine physician, has been named Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Goudie works with the women's national wheelchair basketball team and is a veteran of eight international multi-sport Games, including the 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Petitclerc, Côté, Goudie and Assistant Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young (Vancouver, BC), a multiple Paralympic medallist and sport administrator, will be available on a conference call today.

WHEN: Media conference call at 12:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 28, 2011
WHO:  Assistant Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young
  Chief Medical Officer Richard Goudie
  Athlete Services Officers Chantal Petitclerc and Kirby Côté
DETAILS: Please call the following number at 12:30 p.m. EST to be connected live to the media teleconference: 613-233-1979 or 1-866-696-5910

Enter pass code: 3646606 followed by the # sign

About London 2012 and Guadalajara 2011

The 2011 Parapan American Games will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 19 to 27, while the 2012 Paralympic Games will be in London from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, 2012. The 2011 Parapan American Games will serve as a qualifier for the 2012 London Paralympic Games for the majority of sports.

The 2012 London Paralympic Games will be the biggest Paralympics yet, with 20 sports involving participants from 163 competing nations. The UK has a strong history in Paralympic sport as in 1948, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann organised a wheelchair archery competition at Stoke Mandeville hospital for World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries. In preparing for the 2012 Paralympics, London has been praised for venue readiness and accessibility.

The Canadian Paralympic Team is aiming to finish in the top-8 nations in London based on gold medal count. The number of Canadian Paralympic athletes attending the Games will not be confirmed until the summer of 2012, as athletes achieve the required qualification standards.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 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 Paralympic athletes 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


Mission Staff for the 2012 London Paralympic Games

Chef de Mission - Dr. Gaétan Tardif (Toronto, ON). Gaétan is Vice President Quality, Patient Care and Chief Medical Officer at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is also a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Gaétan was a member of the medical team for the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, as well as Chief Medical Officer for the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Torino Paralympic Games. He served as Assistant Chef de Mission for the Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games.

Assistant Chef de Mission - Elisabeth Walker-Young (Vancouver, BC). Elisabeth retired in 2005 after a 13-year career on the Canadian Paralympic Swim Team, having represented Canada at four Summer Paralympic Games from Barcelona 1992 through to Athens 2004. Elisabeth has worked in sport administration in the development stage within the provincial sport system and has also managed international projects and operations for the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

Chief Medical Officer - Dr. Richard Goudie (Barrie, ON). A sports medicine physician, Dr. Goudie works with the women's national wheelchair basketball team and is a veteran of eight international multi-sport Games, including the 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Chief Therapist - Nancy Quinn (Barrie, ON). Nancy owns a physiotherapy clinic, Quinn Rehab Services, overseeing a staff of 12. A Chief Therapist at three previous Paralympic Games, Nancy also teaches sports medicine courses at the university level and instructs other health care professionals.

Assistant Chief Therapist - Maggie Kayes (Calgary, AB). Maggie is an athletic therapist and sales consultant for Dynasplint Canada. She was a Doping Control Station Manager for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and was a member of the Canadian Medical Team as an athletic therapist at the 2002, 2006 and 2008 Paralympic Games.

Team Services Officer - Kelly Dearborn (Sarsfield, ON). A Senior Program Officer at Sport Canada, Kelly is responsible for overall management of the Government of Canada's delegation to major international Games. Kelly has experienced nine international multi-sport Games, most recently as Village Operations Team Services Officer at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games.

Team Services Officer - Lindsay Hugenholtz (Halifax, NS). Deputy CEO of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games, Lindsay has been to the World University Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Pan American Games and the Summer Olympics as the team manager for Diving. She also attended the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games on Team Canada's mission staff.

Team Services Officer - Laura Domenicucci (Ottawa, ON). Laura is the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Manager, Domestic Sport Development. With four years of experience in the organization, Laura brings extensive knowledge of Paralympic sport, a dedication to the development of the Paralympic system and a keen understanding of the Canadian sport system.

Athlete Services Officer- Kirby Côté (Winnipeg, MB). A registered remedial massage therapist, Kirby is completing her third year of a Bachelor of Science and Kinesiology degree at the University of Winnipeg. A visually-impaired swimmer, Kirby competed at three Paralympic Games and won 13 Paralympic medals.

Athlete Services Officer - Chantal Petitclerc (Montreal, QC). Chantal is an accomplished Paralympic athlete with 21 Paralympic medals, four world records, five Paralympic records, and an Olympic gold medal. Winner of the 2008 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year, among many other awards, Chantal is a Member at Large for the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Board of Directors.

Team Ombudsperson - Jeff Palamar (Winnipeg, MB). A lawyer for 25 years, Jeff is a partner at Taylor McCaffrey LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of employment and labour law. Jeff served as Ombudsperson at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games.

Press Chief - Alison Korn (Ottawa, ON). Alison is the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Manager, Media Relations. Alison wrote an amateur sports column for Sun Media for eight years along with magazine and broadcast work and was a key member of Commonwealth Games Canada's communications team for the 2010 Delhi Games. As an athlete on the Canadian rowing team, Alison won medals at world championships and Olympic Games.

Assistant Press Chief - Judy Joseph-Black (Gabriola Island, BC). A sport consultant for British Columbia's Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Judy has been a part of 10 multi-sport Games and six internationally. She was a media attaché at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Paralympic Games and was an assistant press attaché at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Press Attaché - Guy Napert-Frenette (Calgary, AB). The manager of communications for the Canadian Cycling Association, Guy was also press attaché for Snowboard at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. At the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, Guy was assistant press chief and media attache for wheelchair curling. Guy was also previously manager of communications for Alpine Canada.

Press Attaché - Brigitte Légaré (Montreal, QC). A television researcher for Radio-Canada, Brigitte worked in broadcasting at the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Brigitte was assistant manager of the short track speed skating events and venue, as well as a volunteer for sledge hockey athlete services and the Opening Ceremony. She also served as press officer at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

Press Attaché - Marie-Hélène Cayer (Ottawa, ON). Marie-Hélène is Senior Coordinator, Marketing and Communications, with the Canadian Paralympic Committee and has been working with the organisation since 2009. In 2008, she worked for the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games as coordinator of the translation department, and then moved to Vancouver for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, where she worked in both high performance and communications and was a member of the 2010 Canadian Paralympic Mission Team.

Mission Staff for the 2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games

Press Chief - Mark Dottori (Ottawa, ON). Mark is the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Director, Marketing and Communications. He was involved in the CTV Olympic Celebration Tour of the 2010 Games and held progressively senior roles at the Canadian Football League, the Toronto Raptors, Rugby Canada, Canada Basketball and most recently, Callaway Golf Canada. An accredited APR from the Canadian Public Relations Society, Mark has worked at World Championships, the Grey Cup and the NBA All-Star Game.

Chief Medical Officer - Richard Goudie
Team Services Officer - Laura Domenicucci
Athlete Services Officer - Kirby Côté
Assistant Press Chief - Alison Korn
Press Attaché - Marie-Hélène Cayer




For further information:

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4222 ext. 243

Marie-Hélène Cayer
Senior coordinator, Marketing and Communication
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 x 227

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