OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Richard Goudie (Barrie, Ont.) as Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Andrew Marshall (Ottawa, Ont.) as Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
For the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, their roles will reverse and Dr. Marshall will assume the Chief Medical Officer role and Dr. Goudie will serve as the Assistant Chief Medical Officer.
Both doctors bring extensive Games experience from Paralympic, Olympic, Commonwealth, World University and Canada Games, as well as at the university and international levels.
Dr. Goudie is primary care sports medicine physician and emergency department staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ont. He has been team physician for the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Team since 2010. Dr. Goudie was Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the 2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games and the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. He was a member of the medical team at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, the 2007 Rio de Janeiro Parapan American Games, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and Winnipeg 1999 Pan Am Games.
"Being involved with parasport has been a highlight of my career in sport medicine," said Dr. Goudie. "I am honoured to have been trusted with the responsibility of leading the Canadian Health Care Team, an exemplary group of professionals who will provide the best care to Team Canada athletes at the Parapan American Games in Toronto."
Dr. Marshall is an orthopaedic surgeon at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, Ont. and Kemptville District Hospital in Kemptville, Ont. and consulting orthopaedic surgeon at the Carleton Sports Medicine Clinic in Ottawa. He has been the lead physician for the National Para-triathlon Team since 2013. Dr. Marshall was Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Chief Medical Officer at the 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games and a member of the medical team at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and 2007 Rio de Janeiro Pan Am Games.
"It's very exciting to be appointed to Team Canada for both Toronto and Rio, where Richard and I will be able to collaborate and share best practices over the longer term," said Dr. Marshall. "It's going to be great to work with a new group of athletes and help Team Canada work towards success on both the medical side as well as the field of play."
Team Canada Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young applauded the appointments.
"I had the pleasure of working with Richard at the London 2012 Paralympic Games," said Walker-Young. "His passion for Paralympic sport mirrors his wonderful personal qualities and unsurpassed medical knowledge. Team Canada is also honoured to have Andrew Marshall as the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Toronto and moving in to the Chief Medical Officer role for Rio. Andrew's breadth of experience and recent work with Canada's para-triathlon team and Team Canada on the Olympic side means we will have a medical team dedicated to performance, exactly like the athletes they'll be serving."
"I join Elisabeth in celebrating both these appointments and expressing our gratitude to Richard and Andrew for their commitment to Team Canada," said Chantal Petitclerc, Team Canada's Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. "Their combined professional experience is outstanding and will be a great asset to Canadian athletes competing at both Games."
The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games run August 7 to 15, 2015 and will feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports. Team Canada is expected to send a team of approximately 200 athletes and has set a goal of finishing in the top three nations in the total medal count.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games run September 7 to 18, 2016 and will feature approximately 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries competing in 22 sports. Team Canada expects to send a team of approximately 170 to 200 athletes. Qualification is ongoing and will be finalized in summer 2016.
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
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SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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