OTTAWA, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
Judo Canada, the Shooting Federation of Canada and the Canadian Fencing
Federation are pleased to announce the athletes nominated to the
Paralympic Judo, Shooting and Wheelchair Fencing teams for the London
2012 Paralympic Games set for August 29 to September 9.
"These three sports are all small in numbers, but definitely mighty in
their medal potential," said Team Canada's Chef de Mission, Gaétan
Tardif. "These nominated athletes include both Games veterans and
rookies, and I'm very much looking forward to cheering them on in
London as they compete with pride for Canada."
Judo Canada has nominated three athletes, all of whom won bronze medals
at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, under the
guidance of Head Coach Tom Thomson (Hometown: Ancaster, Ont.,
Residence: Brantford, Ont.)
The judo athletes are Justin Karn in 60kg (Hometown: Fergus, Ont.,
Residence: Kitchener, Ont.), Timothy Rees in -100kg (Hometown: Williams
Lake, BC; Residence: Victoria, BC) and Tony Walby in 100+kg (Hometown:
Ottawa, Ont., Residence: Ottawa, Ont.).
Paralympic Judo is a sport for athletes with a visual impairment. All
three athletes will be looking for the podium in London in their first
Karn is a featured athlete in the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Super
Athletes marketing campaign and has been nicknamed, "The Badger." To
view his vignette, visit www.paralympic.ca/superathletes.
The Shooting Federation of Canada has nominated two athletes: Christos
Trifonidis (Hometown and Residence: Vancouver, BC) and Doug Blessin
(Hometown: Tri-City Area, BC and Residence: Port Coquitlam, BC). They
are coached by Rick Ward (Hometown: Middletown, NS; Residence: Kanata,
For Trifonidis, the veteran on the team, London will be his sixth
Paralympic Games. He had fourth-place finishes at both Beijing in 2008
and Barcelona in 1992.
Blessin is a former wheelchair rugby player who began competing
internationally in shooting in 2010. London will be Blessin's first
Paralympic Games appearance.
The Canadian Fencing Federation has nominated two athletes: Pierre
Mainville (Hometown and Residence: St-Colomban, Que.) and Sylvie Morel
(Hometown: Westmount, Que.; Residence: Pincourt, Que.) They are coached
by Iulian Badea (Hometown: Bucharest, Romania; Residence: Candiac,
Mainville, ranked tenth in the world, was Canada's first world
championship medallist in wheelchair fencing in 2010. The father of two
competed at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, placing ninth in epée
and 15th in sabre. He will compete in both epée and sabre in London.
Mainville is featured in the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Super
Athletes marketing campaign and has been nicknamed "The Perfectionist."
To view his vignette, visit www.paralympic.ca/superathletes.
Morel, the first Canadian athlete to fence in a wheelchair, competed at
the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, finishing ninth in epée and 11th in foil. The 12-year national team veteran enjoys the sport so much
that she opened a fencing school in her region to inspire a new
generation of athletes to give it a try. Morel has been the Pan Am
Champion in epée since 1999. In London, she will compete in epée.
About Team Canada in London
The Canadian Paralympic Team will be officially announced on Tuesday,
Canada expects to bring about 150 athletes to the London 2012 Paralympic
Games, competing in 15 sports, with the goal of finishing in the top
eight nations in the gold medal count among the 174 participating
View the latest Canadian Paralympic Team nominations and Paralympic
Games news here: http://www.paralympic.ca/en/London-2012/2012-News.html
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.
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SOURCE: CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)
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