OTTAWA, October 9, 2014 – The Canadian Paralympic Committee proudly congratulates four-time Paralympic sledge hockey player Graeme Murray (Gravenhurst, Ont.), who has announced his retirement from competition after a career that saw him win Paralympic gold and bronze medals.
Murray, 29, and Canada’s National Sledge Team won the bronze medal at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games and gold at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Games. They also placed fourth at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games and the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Games.
“Graeme was one of the key veterans on the Canadian sledge hockey team heading into the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi,” said Karen O’Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “Graeme has earned immense respect for his accomplishments throughout his career and I know he will continue to be a great ambassador for Paralympic sport. Graeme represented Canada with pride and honor and we wish him well for the next phase of his life.”
Murray also competed at five International Paralympic Committee World Championships, winning gold in 2008 and 2013. He scored the winning goal is Canada’s 1-0 victory over the U.S. in the gold medal final at the 2013 IPC World Championships. At the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City he was the youngest player on the Canadian team, at 17.
"Graeme should be extremely proud of his career, he played for a long time in a demanding and physical sport,” said teammate and team captain Greg Westlake. “What I liked most about playing with Graeme was his sense of humor and calm demeanor in the change-room. It had a positive effect on everyone around him. Graeme deserves nothing but success in whatever he chooses to move on to.”
Off the ice, Murray is a motivational speaker and talks regularly to students throughout Canada about his experiences. He began playing sledge hockey in 1995 at age 11 for the Elmvale Bears. Murray’s hometown rink in Gravenhurst was renamed Graeme Murray Arena by the town last month to recognize his achievements.
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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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