Sept 8, 2014 (ISN) – Ottawa – Athletics Canada is overjoyed by today’s selection of Chantal Petitclerc
to the role of Chef de Mission for the 2016 Paralympic Games. The announcement was
made today in Montreal by the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Today marks exactly
two years to go before competition begins at the 2016 Paralympic Games to be held
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Petitclerc is the most decorated Canadian track and field athlete in history and
one of the best all-around athletes this country has ever seen. The wheelchair
racer from Montreal, Que., won an astounding 21 Paralympic medals in her career,
including 14 gold. She broke 22 World Records and set five Paralympic Games records.
In 2013 she was inducted to Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame, and currently sits
on the Board of Directors.
“On behalf of Athletics Canada it is my pleasure to congratulate Chantal on this
exciting announcement. She brings a wealth of experience and knows what it takes
to succeed on and off the field of play,” said Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer.
“Chantal is a wonderful leader, the role will provide her with an opportunity to
transfer her wealth of experience, drive and passion to the current generation of
athletes. Her appointment is a great addition to Team Canada.”
Chantal Petitclerc is the only athlete in history to have won Olympic, Paralympic
and Commonwealth Games gold.
Peter Erkisson, Athletics Canada Head Coach and long-time personal coach of Chantal.
“I am extremely happy for Chantal, this is a great appointment by the Canadian
Committee. Chantal is an accomplished Paralympic athlete, and one of the best athletes
in Canadian history. She did a great job as Chef de Mission for the 2014 Commonwealth
Games, she will pull from all of her experiences to lead the team to success through
the 2016 Games.”
The Chef de Mission is the official spokesperson for the Canadian Paralympic Team.
She is a mentor, a leader and an inspiration to the athletes. It is a volunteer
role that demands a significant time commitment and dedication, as part of the core
leadership team supporting the Paralympic Team.