OTTAWA, Oct 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee extends
congratulations to Dr. Robert Steadward on his induction into the
Alberta Order of Excellence. A champion for Paralympic sport, Dr.
Steadward has spent over 40 years advocating for the development of
sport opportunities for persons with a disability, from a local to
international level. Dr. Steadward is a recognized leader within the
Paralympic Movement and has held many influential roles including
founder and Honourary President of the Steadward Center, as well as
Founder and President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
"I am pleased that the Province of Alberta has recognized Dr. Steadward
for his incredible role in growing Paralympic sport," said Henry
Storgaard, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Thanks to Dr. Steadward,
more persons with a disability across the world have access to sport
than ever before. The legacy of inclusion that he has worked tirelessly
to create will benefit generations for years to come and it is wonderful
to see him receive such a prestigious honour."
In 1978, Dr. Steadward founded a multi-disability research, lifestyle,
and fitness centre for persons with disabilities at the University of
Alberta, later named the Steadward Centre in his honour. In 1981, Dr.
Steadward founded the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) where he
acted as President until 2001. Under his leadership, the IPC grew to
over 175 member nations. Dr. Steadward is an accomplished leader,
author, and sport scientist.
In a volunteer capacity, Dr. Steadward has been involved in a range of
sport competitions including the Commonwealth Games, Universiade World
Championships, Olympic Games, and Paralympic Games. He has served on the
International Olympic Committee's Commissions for Ethics and Reform,
Peace and Truce, and environment. Other careers highlights include his
leadership and vision in securing the 2001 World Championships in
Athletics in Edmonton, as well as serving as a member of the Board of
Governors for the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton.
The Alberta Award of Excellence is the highest honour the province can
bestow and is given to Albertan leaders and innovators annually in
recognition of their positive contributions on the provincial, national
and international stage. Dr. Steadward is one of eight inductees
selected for the 2010 year. The ceremony will take place on October 20th,
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee ("the CPC") is a non-profit, private
organization with 43 member sports organizations dedicated to
strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The CPC is responsible for
creating an optimal high-performance environment for Canadian Paralympic
athletes to win at Paralympic and Parapan American Games. By supporting
Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the CPC
inspires all Canadians with a physical disability to get involved in
sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more
information, visit href="http://www.paralympic.ca/">www.paralympic.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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