Paralympic athletes prepare for future Games

Successful 2011 Paralympic Excellence Series advances Canada's high performance sport

OTTAWA, May 13 /CNW/ - So long, Vancouver, and hello Mexico, London and Sochi! Now is a great time to be a Canadian Paralympic athlete, with the continued advancement of high performance sport evident as Canada's first Paralympic Excellence Series wrapped up today.

The inaugural Paralympic Excellence Series at Carleton University this week brought together over 100 top medal potential athletes, coaches, support staff and specialists to learn from each other and enhance preparation for future Games. Under the theme of "Team Canada: Performing at Games," speakers addressed topics such as team building, sports psychology, career planning and motivation.

"Now more than ever, Paralympic sport is a key component of the Canadian sport system," said Rob Needham, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Executive Director, Sport. "For Canadian Paralympic athletes and coaches to continue to build upon the success they experienced in Vancouver, it's essential to equip them with leading-edge strategies and practical skills to complement their day-to-day training as they prepare for upcoming Games. The Canadian Paralympic Committee looks forward to continuing to develop innovative approaches to enhance the preparation of Canadian Paralympic Teams."

With the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games as a catalyst, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's resources and scope are at an all-time high. Following Vancouver, the Canadian Paralympic Committee articulated a bold new vision: to be the world's leading Paralympic Nation. The Paralympic Excellence Series is one crucial step towards that goal.

"It was amazing to hear other athletes' stories and strategies that will make future Paralympians stronger competitors," said Michelle Stilwell, a world record holder and Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair racing. "I think this whole week has brought many of the sports together, so we have a team vision when we go to the Games."

Upcoming Games include the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games, the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 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 Paralympic athletes 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


For further information:

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927 
          Marie-Hélène Cayer
Senior Coordinator, Marketing and Communication
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 x 227
Cell: 613-293-3358
Twitter: @CDNParalympics #PES2011


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