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Canadian Paralympic Committee – OTTAWA – April 3, 2017 – Some of Canada’s most accomplished Paralympic athletes, coaches and builders will be in Ottawa this Friday, April 7 for the 2017 Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame and Sport Awards ceremony.

A group of five uniquely accomplished individuals were announced recently as the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame inductees for 2017.

Biographies and photos of all five inductees can be viewed here: 

Media are invited to interview the class of 2017 inductees during the reception before the ceremony, and to capture photo and video throughout the reception and ceremony.

Along with the Hall of Fame inductions, the ceremony will present the Canadian Paralympic Committee Sport Awardsfor outstanding athlete performances at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, as well as excellence in coaching at both the high performance and development levels. Sport Award recipients will be revealed during the ceremony.


2017 Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame and Sport Awards ceremony


Friday, April 7, 2017

Reception: 6:15-7:00 p.m. Lobby of the Infinity Centre

Ceremony: 7:00-10:00 p.m. Salon A of the Infinity Centre


Infinity Convention Centre, 2901 Gibford Drive, Ottawa, Ont. K1V 2L9


–        Dr. Gaétan Tardif, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee

–        Karen O’Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee

–        Inductees: Athlete: Para alpine skier Karolina Wisniewska (hometown Calgary, Alta. now living in Ottawa, Ont.); Coach: Ozzie Sawicki (Cochrane, Alta.); Builders: Hon. Carla Qualtrough (Delta, B.C.), Archie Allison (Toronto, Ont.), Maureen Orchard (Winnipeg, Man.) represented by Wendy Gittens

–        Sport Award recipients: To be announced during the ceremony

MEDIA CONTACT: Media requesting interviews are asked to contact Alison Korn at / Cell: 613-298-4927

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee:

About the Hall of Fame:

About the Sport Awards:


Alison Korn

Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243 / Cell: 613-298-4927

Martin Richard

Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224 / Cell: 613-725-4339