Canadian team leaders, coaches and support staff have joined Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc and Assistant Chef de Mission Norm O’Reilly in Rio de Janeiro this week for Team Canada’s last official site visit ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Delegates are enhancing their familiarity with Rio, meeting colleagues and key officials, and inspecting the area, venues and accommodations, in order to optimize their final preparations for the Games. As well, says Petitclerc, the gathering brings together diverse staff to test procedures and learn to work together as an extended team in support of high performance.
“We come here as many organizations, many sports, many roles on the team, and we really want to use this opportunity to get everybody to know Rio, to know the Games and the venues, but I think even more important is to leave here as one team,” said Petitclerc. “That is always a challenge. You get to the Games and it is all these different areas of expertise and different people and sports, but how do you make that one team going in the same direction? This is one big opportunity. To be here and experience this is invaluable.”
Earlier in the week, Consul General Sanjeev Chowdhury, the Government of Canada’s top representative in Rio de Janeiro, presented a “Rio 101” session. Lenny Abbey, Rio 2016 Head of National Olympic and Paralympic Committees Relations and Services, and NPC Services Manager Paco Biosca presented a Paralympic Games overview.
The visit runs until Saturday with more learnings in store for delegates.
“For us this trip is about building the team,” said O’Reilly. “We’re very excited about getting people of different backgrounds from different sports and different coaches to meet with administrators and team leaders, and focus on our vision around high performance. It’s going very well so far.”