Paralympic swimmer and Assistant Chef de Mission Stephanie Dixon to make presentation at Brampton school

May 6, 2015

Minister of State (Sport) to join three-time Paralympian at school

Stephanie Dixon

BRAMPTON, May 6, 2015 – Stephanie Dixon, a three-time Paralympic swimmer and the Assistant Chef de Mission for the Canadian Parapan Am Team, will make a special presentation to students at Brampton’s Fairlawn Public School on Friday May 8 as part of Paralympic Schools Week 2015.

Dixon will share the story of her journey in sport, as well as look ahead to the upcoming 2015 Parapan American Games, to be held Aug. 7 to 15 in Toronto. The Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) will join Dixon at the school and reflect on the Year of Sport in Canada and importance of sport to Canadians.

Dixon competed at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and won a total of seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals. She still holds the world record in the 100-metre backstroke in her class (S9). At the 2007 Parapan American Games, she won six gold and one silver.

The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games will feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports. Team Canada is expected to send a team of approximately 220 athletes and has set a goal of finishing in the top three nations in the total medal count.

WHAT:                                   

  • Stephanie Dixon school presentation as part of Paralympic Schools Week 2015.
  • Dixon will be accompanied by Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).

WHEN & WHERE:                

  • Friday May 8, 2015. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Fairlawn Public School, 40 Fairlawn Boulevard, Brampton, ON

WHO:                                        

  • Stephanie Dixon, Paralympic swimmer and Assistant Chef de Mission, Canadian Parapan Am Team
  • Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
  • Karen O’Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • PACHI, the TORONTO 2015 mascot

SCHOOL CONTACT:           

Omar Karim (905.794.6063 x 425)

For more information on Paralympic Schools Week, please visit Paralympic.ca/schoolsweek.

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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