“I am absolutely delighted that Carla has been appointed to such a significant and influential role within the Canadian government. On behalf of the whole Paralympic Movement I would like to pass on all of our congratulations and wish her well in her new role."
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has sent his congratulations to two-time Paralympian Carla Qualtrough after she was appointed Canada’s Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday (4 November).
The Liberal, who was elected in Delta on 20 October is a successful lawyer, human rights activist and dedicated volunteer who represented Canada at the Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, winning three bronze medals in swimming.
Since hanging up her swimming cap, Qualtrough has remained heavily involved in the Paralympic Movement.
From 2006 to 2010, she was President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and in 2013 was elected Vice President of the Americas Paralympic Committee (APC). Until recently she was a member of the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan America Games Sport and Legacy Committee.
At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she was the IPC’s Legal Officer and has been a member of the IPC’s Legal and Ethics Committee since 2002.
Sir Philip Craven said: “I am absolutely delighted that Carla has been appointed to such a significant and influential role within the Canadian government. On behalf of the whole Paralympic Movement I would like to pass on all of our congratulations and wish her well in her new role.
“Due to her time as an athlete and leading sports administrator, Carla has an extensive knowledge of the Paralympic Movement and how para-sport can contribute towards a more inclusive and equitable society for all. I think she is the ideal candidate for this role.
“Over the years she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport on six occasions; arguably she is the now most influential person in Canadian sport.”