The Canadian Paralympic Committee Thanks Chantal Petitclerc for her Service and Wishes her the Best as she Pursues an International Coaching Opportunity

OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) supports Chantal Petitclerc's decision to accept a role as coach and mentor for the ParalympicsGB Athletics Team for the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. Ms. Petitclerc will be joining her former coach and mentor, Peter Eriksson, who is currently the UKA's Head Coach for Paralympic Performance.

"The Canadian Paralympic Committee wishes Chantal all the best in her new role with the Paralympics GB Athletics Team," states Henry Storgaard, CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "She is an iconic Paralympic athlete in Canada and has made a significant contribution to the Paralympic Movement in Canada. Being asked to coach with another National Paralympic Team is a testament to the respect that she has garnered from her competitors and colleagues worldwide. We are very grateful for her commitment to the Canadian Paralympic Team and we look forward to her return to Canada in the future."

"Selecting this position was a very difficult decision to make given my intense pride and loyalty to Canada as a Paralympic athlete," said Chantal Petitclerc. "However, this opportunity is one that will provide me with unique international coaching education and experience that will be invaluable both on a personal and professional level as I make the transition from a retired athlete to a full-time career in sport. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with the Canadian Paralympic Committee to learn about the incredible work that happens behind the scenes to support athletes in their drive to achieve podium results."

As a result of this decision, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has accepted the resignation of Chantal Petitclerc as a member-at-large on the CPC's Board of Directors and as a member of Team Canada's mission staff for the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games mission staff in the role of Athlete Services Officer.

Chantal is an accomplished Paralympic athlete with 21 Paralympic medals, four world records, five Paralympic records and an Olympic gold medal. She has received numerous awards and recognitions and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

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


For further information:

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927

Twitter: @CDNParalympics

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