OTTAWA, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee would
like to recognize the incredible commitment and contribution of Alex
Baumann, Chief Executive Officer of Own the Podium, to the Canadian
Paralympic Team and Movement. His deep knowledge and experience within
high performance sport, as well as his unparalleled commitment and
energy to lead Canada to the podium has greatly impacted Paralympic
programs within Canada.
Mr. Baumann's approach challenged athletes, coaches and administrators
to demand a higher level of performance and to constantly strive to be
the best. The Canadian Paralympic Team's third-place finish at the
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games is a testament of this
"Alex had an unapologetic approach in his demand for gold. He helped
Canadians believe in their ability to be among the best in the world,"
said Henry Storgaard, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian
Paralympic Committee. "He also believed that there was no difference
between an Olympic and Paralympic medal and that attitude has elevated
the Paralympic Movement to a new height. He has made us proud to be
Canadian and has inspired athletes with a disability to show the world
that Canada is a serious contender for the podium."
The Canadian Paralympic Committee respects Mr. Baumann's decision to
step down as the leader of the Own the Podium, and wishes him all the
best in his new role as Chief Executive Officer of High-Performance
Sport New Zealand.
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 www.paralympic.ca.
SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243