CHEF DE MISSION
CANADIAN PARALYMPIC TEAM
Chantal Petitclerc will serve as Chef de Mission for the Canadian delegation during the 2016 Paralympic Games, hosted in Rio de Janeiro. She assumed a similar role during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
We would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than Petitclerc to take on the responsibility of team leader and spokesperson for the Paralympic athletes. She is perfectly bilingual, is one of the best athletes in Canadian history, having collected 21 medals at the Paralympic Games, fourteen of them gold.
“I feel so privileged to be given this amazing opportunity. My experience in Glasgow was fascinating. I became the first Paralympic athlete to represent a team composed mainly of Olympic athletes and also Paralympic athletes. This was a first, and was an honor for me.” In her new role as head of mission for the 2016 Paralympic Games, she will renew the ties she had built as an athlete up until the Beijing Games in 2008.
“This is my family, my life. I grew up, matured and became who I am today during the years I won those medals. So, it deeply touches me in another way. I know and feel I can relate to the athletes even more. Some of those I competed with are still active athletes.”
“The role is one of leadership and vision. My intention is to use my experience as an athlete, who is now retired, to see things through the eyes of athletes. Every decision will be made with the goal of giving our athletes the best possible environment to develop and thrive.”
The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will take place from September 7th to 18th, 2016. Approximately 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will participate. The Canadian delegation should be composed of 170 to 200 athletes. Canada finished the 2012 London Paralympic Games with a total of 31 medals (7-15-9).