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Canadian Paralympic Committee – Petitclerc to connect with local athletes training for Rio


CALGARY, January 13, 2016 – Chantal Petitclerc, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will continue her Canadian Tour on Tuesday, January 19 with a stop in Calgary, Alberta to promote Paralympic sport and athletes on the road to Rio.


Calgary will be Petitclerc’s second visit in a national tour that kicked off in Ottawa/Gatineau on Dec. 3, 2015.


In Calgary, Petitclerc will cheer on a wheelchair basketball demonstration and meet with local Rio 2016 hopefuls :

–        Wheelchair basketball player Chad Jassman, a London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist;

–        World champion 18-year-old para-triathlete Stefan Daniel, training to make his Games debut in Rio, where his sport will be on the Paralympic Games program for the first time.


Media are invited to the Mount Royal University gym for photo, video and interview opportunities – and the chance to try wheelchair basketball.


Calgary is the second stop on Petitclerc’s cross-country tour that will encompass eight Canadian cities until June 2016, with an aim to build awareness of Canadian Paralympic athletes. Petitclerc, a five-time Paralympian and 14-time Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair racing, knows that community support is crucial to every athlete’s success.



Interview and photo/video opportunities



Chantal Petitclerc, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Chad Jassman (wheelchair basketball), London 2012 gold medallist

Stefan Daniel (para-triathlon), 2015 world championship gold medallist



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.



Mount Royal University

4825 Mt Royal Gate SW

Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6

Entrance : Recreation entrance

Parking : Lot 2

Directions to the gym : Take the elevator to the left, down one floor, to the fitness centre entrance.


For more information and/or to arrange interviews, please contact :


Marie-Anik L’Allier

O. (514) 507-6299

C. (514) 983-8236


 Camille Asselin

 O. (514) 507-6299


Martin Richard, Canadian Paralympic Committee

Cell: 613-725-4339 /


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




Alison Korn

Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Cell: 613-298-4927


Martin Richard

Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Cell: 613-725-4339