OTTAWA, Nov. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Scott Russell, the Gemini Award-winning broadcaster, author and host of CBC's Road to the Olympic Games, has been confirmed as emcee for the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony to be held Friday, Nov. 27 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.
"It is a distinct honour to have been involved with reflecting the story of the Canadian Paralympic movement over the years through my work at CBC Sports," said Russell. "To help welcome these outstanding athletes and national treasures into the Hall of Fame is both enlightening and inspiring."
A magnificent group of seven individuals were announced last month as the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame inductees for 2015.
In the athlete category are wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal, Que., para-alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft, of Banff, Alta., and wheelchair basketball player Marni Abbott-Peter of Vancouver, B.C. Named in the coach category is the late Wilf Strom of Winnipeg, Man.; in the builder category are his wife Audrey Strom of Winnipeg, Man., Donald Royer of Sherbrooke, Que., and the late Gary McPherson of Edmonton, Alta.
Biographies and photos of all inductees can be viewed here: paralympic.ca/news-and-events/news/paralympic-icons-named-to-canadian-paralympic-hall-of-fame
"Scott Russell is such an incredible storyteller and advocate for sports in Canada," said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing for the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "We are honoured to have Scott join us in inducting our heroes of the past into our Paralympic Hall of Fame and inspire new generations of Paralympic champions through his work with the CBC."
The induction ceremony and celebration dinner is set for Friday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
The event is open to media. Media contact: Alison Korn: Cell: 613-298-4927 or [email protected].
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame
Initiated in 2000, the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Paralympic Movement in Canada. These individuals will be acknowledged within the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame Honoured Members section located in the Olympic and Paralympic Gallery at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. The Canadian Paralympic Committee holds an induction process every two years, during a non-Paralympic Games year.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 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 high performance athletes with a disability 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)
Image with caption: "Scott Russell, CBC Sports (CNW Group/Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151120_C4955_PHOTO_EN_550317.jpg
For further information: Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243, Cell: 613-298-4927, [email protected]; Martin Richard, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224, Cell: 613-725-4339, [email protected]