Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Athletics: Chantal Petitclerc agree to international coaching selection with UK Athletics

Posted by Admin On 11:35 AM

Athletics Canada congratulates today Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal, Que., who has conventional an instruction position with UK Athletics for the upcoming 2012 Paralympic Games in London.Athletics Canada wishes Chantal all the best in her role as coach and mentor with Great Britain's Paralympics team. I have no doubt that Chantal's amazing career will lead to a bright instruction future,states Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer of Athletics Canada. Guy adds,We look forward to journey paths again.

With UK Athletics Petitclerc joins her former personal coach Peter Eriksson who is Head Coach of the Athletics Paralympic program.Accepting this position was a very tricky decision to make given my powerful pride and loyalty to Canada as a Paralympic athlete,said Chantal.However, this opportunity is one that will offer me with unique international coaching education and practice that will be invaluable both on a personal and specialized level as I make the transition from a retired athlete to a full time career in sport.

Athletics Canada Para-Athletics Head Coach Ozzie Sawicki sees the right tools and skill set in Chantal to be winning in coaching,Chantal has the knowledge and personality to become a fabulous coach, I certainly wish Chantal the best in her knowledge moving onward and view this as a long term benefit leading to future opportunities within the Canadian Para-Athletics community.

The most bedecked track and field athlete in Canadian history, Chantal Petitclerc is best known for her back to back gold medal sweeps at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games. Her athletics' career has seen her earn 21 Paralympic medals (14 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze). Her career also includes an Olympic gold at the 2004 Games along with four world and five Canadian records. In 2010 Chantal was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and in 2008 was named the receiver of the important Lou Marsh trophy as Canada's top athlete.


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