Cross Country Canada Names Mike Edwards Assistant Director of High-Performance Para-Nordic

December 2, 2010

to help deliver plan to aid in podium performances-

CANMORE, Alta.-Canada's high-performance Para-Nordic athletes received a boost of
support in their quest for the international podium. Mike Edwards has been
recruited to the role of assistant director of high-performance for the nation's
Para-Nordic squad, Cross Country Canada announced on

Edwards, who has more than 20 years of experience while working and
volunteering in Canada's Nordic community at the club and program development
level, spent the last three years working with VANOC's management, competition
committee members and volunteers as chief of course for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. Edwards has extensive experience working in a variety
of Nordic-related roles throughout his career including managing events,
officiating and managing facilities.

"This is a
great opportunity to have a Canadian with extensive organizational skills
experience in our community help grow the nation's Para-Nordic program to podium
results," said Tom Holland, high-performance director, Cross Country Canada, who
added Canada's Para-Nordic Team won five medals at the 2010 Games. "Mike brings
a well-rounded background that will play a critical role in growing this
program, while ensuring we build on the success of 2010 by delivering the
resources our athletes need to win."

starting his new role in January 2011 at the Bill Warren Training Centre in
Canmore, Alta., Edwards will be tasked with leading the ongoing development and
delivery of high-performance and development programs for Canada's Para-Nordic
athletes. Edwards and Holland will join forces to develop a Para-Nordic
high-performance plan targeted for success and growth of the program in 2014 and
2018. Edwards will also manage Canada's Para-Nordic high-performance operations
including training camps and international competitions.

"I gained a great deal of experience and knowledge while working with
the world's top Olympic and Paralympic programs at the 2010 Games that I believe
will help me grow  Canada's Para-Nordic high-performance programs," said
Edwards, who also has experience working at World Cup and IPC World Cup
competitions in Sovereign Lake and Mt. Washington. "We have an exciting team
that combines veteran leadership with youthful energy, and that is very
exciting. Together, we are going to work hard, follow the plan, develop this
program and ultimately win more medals at the 2014 and 2018

Last month
Cross Country Canada announced Robin McKeever as the new Para-Nordic Ski Coach.
An Olympian in 1998, McKeever has played a key role in developing and working on
technique with all team members on the Para-Nordic squad since

"World-leading coaching, and a strong support team are core
to Canada's cross-country ski athletes' pursuit of podium results," said
Holland. "Robin's knowledge and experience as a high-performance athlete, and
core member of our Para-Nordic program over the last decade, will be extremely
valuable in taking the Canadian program to the next level. I am confident he
will work closely with Mike to deliver a high level of leadership and motivation
that will ensure our athletes are fully prepared to win against the world's

will continue to guide his brother Brian, while leading a group of six
medal-targeted athletes that will compete in World Cup and World Championship
competitions this season.

McKeever duo, who won three gold medals at the 2010 Paralympics, will continue
to lead the Canadian charge en route to 2014. The brother tandem have racked up
seven gold, two silver and one bronze medal in three trips to the Paralympics in
addition to dozens of World Championship and World Cup

the McKeevers on the Para-Nordic World Cup will be 10-time Paralympic medallist,
Colette Bourgonje, who is one of the few athletes ever to win multiple medals in
both the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games. The Saskatoon resident competed in
wheelchair racing at the 1992 Paralympic Summer Games, and sit-ski racing in six
Paralympic Winter Games. Bourgonje won a silver and bronze medal at the 2010
Games, and was the recipient of the prestigious Youn Dai Achievement

Para-Nordic World Cup medallist, Robbi Weldon and her guide Brian Berry of
Thunder Bay, Ont., will be looking to build on their Paralympic debut in
Whistler with Jody Barber, of Smithers, B.C., and Mark Arendz, of Springton,
P.E.I., who round out the national team.

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