CPC announces Chef de Mission for Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Blair McIntosh has been selected Chef
de Mission for the Canadian team at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter
Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today. McIntosh will lead
all aspects of Team Canada's preparation, ensuring Canadian athletes, coaches
and managers are fully prepared to perform at the premiere sporting event for
athletes with a physical disability in just under two and a half years.
    "It is an honour and a privilege to have been chosen," said McIntosh, of
Toronto, ON. "This is the first time in the history of the Paralympic Winter
Games that Canadian Paralympians will be able to compete on home turf. Canada
is renowned for its excellence both on and off the Paralympic field of play
and now our athletes have the opportunity to showcase their talents right here
at home. I'm very excited for the athletes, team members and the CPC, and look
forward to sharing this chance to showcase the Paralympic Movement in Canada."
    Currently the Director of Games for the Sport Alliance of Ontario,
McIntosh has been a pivotal games consultant or mission staff leader to more
than 30 major Games, including the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, 11 Canada
Games and the 2000 World Women's Hockey Championships. He has been the Ontario
Team Chef de Mission at the Canada Games four times, and was Host Chef for the
2001 Canada Summer Games held in London, ON, when he received an award for
outstanding leadership. At the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse, YK, McIntosh
led the Ontario Team, which won the Claude Hardy Award as the provincial or
territorial team best exhibiting leadership, cooperation, integrity and esprit
de corps.
    Prior to joining the Sport Alliance of Ontario in 2005, McIntosh was the
manager of Sport Tourism for the City of London, ON, a position he assumed in
September 2003. Previous to that, he worked 23 years in the Sport and
Recreation Branch of the Ontario government.
    One of his first duties as 2010 Chef de Mission was participating today
in a site visit of the 2010 Paralympic facilities. He toured the Whistler
Nordic Venue, Whistler Paralympic Village and Whistler Creekside this morning,
and is due to visit the UBC Winter Sports Center, Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium
Park and the Vancouver Paralympic Village this afternoon.
    "I am excited that Blair has joined Team Canada for the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games," said CPC President Carla Qualtrough. "He will be an invaluable
asset to the leadership of our Mission Team as the Canadian team works toward
its goal of finishing among the top three countries in the world. Blair is a
great team leader and administrator who is also an enthusiastic advocate for
sport for people with a physical disability."
    McIntosh's initial key priorities as Chef de Mission include finalizing
the budget and operational plans for the Canadian team at the 2010 Games,
selecting key volunteer Mission Staff and meeting with athletes and coaches.

    The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games run March 12-21, 2010.

    About Canadian Paralympic Committee The Canadian Paralympic Committee
(CPC) is a non-profit, charitable, private organization that is recognized by
the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that
strengthen the Paralympic Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams
to the Paralympic Games. The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities,
through sport, at all levels. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

For further information:

For further information: Norma Reveler, media relations, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, (613) 795-5169, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227 (after Friday,
October 26), norma@paralympic.ca

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