CANMORE, Alta. - November 29, 2013 – Canadian para-Nordic sit-skier Chris Klebl of Canmore, Alberta, has received a $1,000 Bryden Bursary to support his training for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
A member of the Canadian Para-Nordic National Ski Team, Klebl won six World Cup medals in 2012. He was selected for the bursary based on podium potential and financial need.
“I’m certainly excited that I am the recipient and it will make a positive contribution on my preparation for the Games,” said Klebl.
Calgary author Wendy Bryden established the Bryden Bursary in 1988, using royalties from her best-selling book, “Canada at the Olympic Winter Games.” Previous recipients include Paralympian Patrick Jarvis, a past President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
“Twenty-five years ago, at the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, young international Paralympians made their first steps toward their focus on education, health and sports with the aim of helping people with a disability reach their full potential,” said Bryden. “I am delighted to award a Bryden Bursary to Chris Klebl to support his participation in the Sochi Paralympic Games, because I believe that by investing in him, we are all investing in a leader who will make a difference in the world.”
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7 to 16, 2014. With a goal of placing in the top three nations in the gold medal count, Canada will send 50 athletes to compete in sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, para-Nordic skiing, biathlon, para-alpine skiing and para-snowboard.
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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