OTTAWA, Aug. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Three-time Paralympic gold medalist
Jennifer Krempien has been named Canada's flag bearer for the 2007
Parapanamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Canadian Paralympic
Committee (CPC) announced today. The Games will take place from August 12-19,
"It is an honour and a privilege for myself and the women's team to
represent my country and lead the Canadian delegation at the Parapanamerican
Games," said Krempien, a 15-year veteran of the Canadian women's wheelchair
basketball team. "To be selected from among so many talented and dedicated
athletes makes this a very special honour, and one I am looking forward to."
She joined Canada's national wheelchair basketball team in 1992. With the
team, she has won three Paralympic gold medals: in 1992 in Barcelona, in 1996
in Atlanta and in 2000 in Sydney. She was also on Canada's bronze-medal
winning team at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Summer Games.
"The team is looking forward to and excited about having a good
tournament in Rio," said Krempien.
She was nominated partly because of the high praise and wide respect she
has earned from athletes throughout Canada and worldwide, the wheelchair
basketball community, her team-mates, coaches and trainers.
"Given both her incredible Paralympic and World Championship performances
and the leadership skills she has demonstrated throughout her career, Jennifer
Krempien is the ideal athlete to carry Canada's flag at the Opening Ceremony
of the 2007 Parapanamerican Games," said Chef de Mission Rob Needham. "She is
perfectly suited to be the leader of a strong Canadian team competing in Rio
Krempien has been named twice to the World All-Star Wheelchair Basketball
team - at the 2002 and 1998 World Championships. She also has four World
Championship gold medals to her name.
She volunteers as vice-president of the Inferno Wheelchair Basketball
Society, acts as a motivational speaker and participates in sport
demonstrations and community awareness initiatives.
The media is invited to come out and see Krempien play in Toronto as she
prepares for the Rio 2007 Parapanamerican Games. She and her team-mates are
participating in the Spitfire Challenge, running August 3-6 at the Etobicoke
Olympium, 590 Rathburn Road in Toronto, Ontario.
For further information:
For further information: Marg Jones, Canadian Wheelchair Basketball
Association, Cell: (613) 293-2195, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mary Beth Walker, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 233, Cell: (613) 794-5169,