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
"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
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 www.paralympic.ca.
SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)
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