“There are so many reasons to be thrilled with Chantal’s appointment as our Chef de Mission in Glasgow.”
The only Canadian athlete to win gold medals at Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Petitclerc holds world records in three different wheelchair racing events.
“I have such a strong attachment to the Commonwealth Games, dating all the way back to 1990 when I was a silver medalist in Auckland, New Zealand—the first time that events for elite athletes with a disability were included on the sport programme,” said Petitclerc, whose appointment was announced today on CBC’s Sports Day in Canada broadcast. “In 2006, I was honoured to serve as Team Canada’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. It was truly one of the highlights of my career.”
Petitclerc also has two 800m gold medals from the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England (2002) and Melbourne (2006). Her trophy case includes a staggering 21 Paralympic medals (including 14 gold) and the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year.
“There are so many reasons to be thrilled with Chantal’s appointment as our Chef de Mission in Glasgow,” added Dr. Andrew Pipe, President of Commonwealth Games Canada. “A former flag bearer, multiple medalist, and someone with a deep appreciation for the athlete experience at the highest levels of international competition. Not to mention the fact that Glasgow 2014 will feature more events for elite athletes with a disability than any previous Commonwealth Games.”
Dr. Pipe went on to praise Petitclerc’s proven abilities as a spokesperson and motivational speaker. “Should Canada decide to launch a bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Chantal will most certainly be one of our most influential ambassadors,” he said.
Petitclerc will assume her duties immediately in preparation for a first site visit that is expected to take place in February.