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SOCHI, RUSSIA, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - It is with great anticipation and pride that the Canadian Paralympic Committee today announced the athletes, coaches and staff who will make up Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, to be held March 7 to 16.
Canada will bring a total of 54 athletes to compete in all sports contested at the Sochi Paralympics: sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, para-alpine skiing, para-snowboard, para-Nordic skiing and biathlon. This total includes five guides for athletes with a visual impairment in para-Nordic and para-alpine skiing.
The complete list of Team Canada athletes and coaches is available at paralympic.ca/team-canada.
The Canadian Paralympic Team Media Guide, with athlete and coach biographies, staff list and information on Paralympic winter sports, can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/nafo76n
The Sochi 2014 Canadian Paralympic Team is led by Chef de Mission Ozzie Sawicki of Cochrane, Alta.
"It is fantastic to head to Sochi as the Chef de Mission of one of the strongest Canadian Paralympic Teams at any Paralympic Games in our winter history," said Sawicki. "After spending much of the lead up to the Games meeting with the sports in their training and competition settings, I know that our entire Canadian contingent is ready to take on the challenge to once again place in the top three nations in the gold medal count, as we did in Vancouver at our home Games in 2010."
Many have asked whether the Paralympic Games will be broadcast on television. The answer is a resounding yes! With 100 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, on Nov. 27, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) unveiled unprecedented, fully accessible broadcast and electronic media plans for the most comprehensive coverage ever offered in Canada for a Paralympic Games - more than 65 hours of broadcast, up to 350 hours of digital streaming, and rights-free news access highlights connecting Canadians via multi platforms.
CPC will lead the Paralympic Broadcast Consortium partners in creating coverage on five broadcast/digital platforms: CBC/Radio-Canada, Sportsnet, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), Yahoo Sports Canada and SendtoNews.
The broadcast schedule will be posted shortly on paralympic.ca/sochi2014.
MOBILE APP: Canadians can follow Team Canada through our free mobile app, now live at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/canadian-paralympic-team/id804818132?mt=8 and Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.industrial.cpcmobile
PHOTOGRAPHY: Media are invited to visit photos.paralympic.ca and create an account to be able to download high-resolution photos of Canadian Paralympic athletes at any time, at no cost. It is recommended to do this now, to ensure immediate delivery of photos during Games time.
According to the International Paralympic Committee, approximately 575 athletes from 45 countries will compete at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games - second in attendance only to Nagano in 1998, which had 561 athletes. At Vancouver 2010, 502 athletes competed and in Torino 2006, 474 athletes took part.
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
SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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