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OTTAWA, Nov. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Paralympian Patrick Jarvis (Calgary, Alta.), was re-elected today as a Member at Large to the International Paralympic Committee's Governing Board at the IPC General Assembly in Athens, Greece. Jarvis' re-election launches his third consecutive four-year term on the IPC Governing Board, which he has served since 2005.
"I am extremely grateful for the confidence extended to me today by the members of the IPC by electing me for another four-year term on the Governing Board," said Jarvis. "It is an honour to be a part of the leadership team that serves Paralympic sport globally and certainly a privilege to add to the chorus of Canadian voices within the international sport movement. I am also most grateful for the trust and support afforded me by the Canadian Paralympic Committee for my candidature."
Jarvis competed at the 1992 Paralympic Games in athletics and has been involved with Canadian Paralympic sport 1987, including as President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 1998 to 2006. Professionally, he consults on the strategy, design, and delivery of corporate training programs as Principal at Amarok Training Services Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta.
"Patrick's address to the assembly, which emphasized a collaborative approach, really made an impact on the delegates," said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "It clearly showed Patrick's strength amidst a strong international field of candidates."
Jarvis served on the Board of Directors of the Organizing Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC); the IOC Evaluation Commission and IOC Coordination Commissions for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; WinSport (Calgary); Lift Partners (Vancouver) and the University of Guelph Board of Governors.
Great Britain's Sir Philip Craven was re-elected as IPC President for a fourth successive term, while the new IPC Vice President is Andrew Parsons, who is also the President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee.
Composed of 12 members elected at the General Assembly, the IPC Governing Board is representative of the IPC Membership and responsible for the implementation of policies and directions set by the General Assembly. The Governing Board is elected every four years and members can serve a maximum of three terms.
The IPC's first President was Canadian Bob Steadward who served between 1989, when the organisation was formed, and 2001. He is now an IPC Lifetime Member.
For more information on the International Paralympic Committee, please visit www.paralympic.org
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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