OTTAWA, Aug. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee and Boccia Canada have announced an update to the boccia team that will compete for Team Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Bruno Garneau (Montreal, Que.) has been added to the Canadian boccia team.
Garneau replaces Paul Gauthier (Vancouver, B.C.), who is unable to compete in Rio due to injury.
Garneau competes in the BC3 division and most recently won a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games in mixed pairs with teammates Paul Gauthier and Éric Bussière. A London 2012 Paralympian, Garneau is a veteran of the sport and has been a national team member since 2010.
"It's unfortunate that Paul will not be able to compete with us in Rio." said Head Coach Mario Delisle. "Paul has been a leader in our program for 20 years and this would have been his sixth Paralympic Games. We are lucky though, to have a player of Bruno's calibre, ready to step up for Canada."
Bruno Garneau's biography is available at paralympic.ca/bruno-garneau and bocciacanada.ca.
Bios and high resolution photos can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/j3ezk8y.
SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
Image with caption: "Bruno Garneau (Montreal, Que.) has been added to the Canadian boccia team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Garneau replaces Paul Gauthier (Vancouver, B.C.), who is unable to compete in Rio due to injury. Photo: Matthew Murnaghan / Canadian Paralympic Committee (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160823_C4414_PHOTO_EN_758195.jpg
For further information: Jennifer Larson, Program Manager, Boccia Canada, Tel: (613) 748-1430 x2, Email: [email protected]; Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243 / Cell: 613-298-4927, Email: [email protected]