CHEF DE MISSION CHANTAL PETITCLERC CONTINUES CANADIAN TOUR IN CALGARY TO PROMOTE PARALYMPIC SPORT ON THE ROAD TO RIO 2016

January 13, 2016

Petitclerc to connect with local athletes training for Rio

CALGARY, January 13, 2016 – Chantal Petitclerc, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will continue her Canadian Tour on Tuesday, January 19 with a stop in Calgary, Alberta to promote Paralympic sport and athletes on the road to Rio.

Calgary will be Petitclerc’s second visit in a national tour that kicked off in Ottawa/Gatineau on Dec. 3, 2015.

In Calgary, Petitclerc will cheer on a wheelchair basketball demonstration and meet with local Rio 2016 hopefuls :

  • Wheelchair basketball player Chad Jassman, a London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist;
  • World champion 18-year-old para-triathlete Stefan Daniel, training to make his Games debut in Rio, where his sport will be on the Paralympic Games program for the first time.

Media are invited to the Mount Royal University gym for photo, video and interview opportunities – and the chance to try wheelchair basketball.

Calgary is the second stop on Petitclerc’s cross-country tour that will encompass eight Canadian cities until June 2016, with an aim to build awareness of Canadian Paralympic athletes. Petitclerc, a five-time Paralympian and 14-time Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair racing, knows that community support is crucial to every athlete’s success.

WHAT

Interview and photo/video opportunities

WHO

  • Chantal Petitclerc, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
  • Chad Jassman (wheelchair basketball), London 2012 gold medallist
  • Stefan Daniel (para-triathlon), 2015 world championship gold medallist

WHEN

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

WHERE
Mount Royal University
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6
Entrance : Recreation entrance
Parking : Lot 2
Directions to the gym : Take the elevator to the left, down one floor, to the fitness centre entrance.

For more information and/or to arrange interviews, please contact :

Marie-Anik L’Allier
ma@malallier.com
O. (514) 507-6299
C. (514) 983-8236

Camille Asselin
camille@malallier.com
O. (514) 507-6299

ONSITE :
Martin Richard, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Cell: 613-725-4339 / mrichard@paralympic.ca

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

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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Alison Korn
Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Cell: 613-298-4927
akorn@paralympic.ca

Martin Richard
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Cell: 613-725-4339
mrichard@paralympic.ca

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