Paralympic gold medallist honors veterans at national Remembrance Day Ceremony

OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Paralympic gold medallist and local Sochi hopeful Marc Dorion (Bourget, Ont.) laid a wreath to honor Canada's war veterans on behalf of Canadian Paralympic athletes at the national Remembrance Day ceremony this morning in Ottawa.

"As a Paralympian training for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, it was an honour to be a part of the Remembrance Day ceremony," said Dorion, a member of Canada's National Sledge Hockey Team. "Having a grandfather who was a member of the Canadian Air Force, Remembrance Day holds a special place in my heart and I am proud to have had the chance to lay the wreath at the foot of the monument in Ottawa today."

The Paralympic Games have military roots. It was Dr. Ludwig Guttman who first recognized the rehabilitative power of sport for injured soldiers. What started with one sport, archery, grew into the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948. The Paralympics have since grown to become one of the world's largest sporting events.

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CAPTION - The Hon. Julian Fantino, Paralympic sledge hockey player Marc Dorion and canoe/kayak Olympian Michael Tayler participated in the national Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2013 today in Ottawa.
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/ Greg Kolz

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CAPTION - Paralympic sledge hockey player Marc Dorion and canoe/kayak Olympian Michael Taylor place poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the national Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2013 in Ottawa.
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/ Greg Kolz

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CAPTION - Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, canoe/kayak Olympian Michael Tayler, sledge hockey Paralympian Marc Dorion and Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa-Centre participated in the national Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2013 in Ottawa.
Photo Credit: Canadian Olympic Committee/ Greg Kolz

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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