London 2012 Paralympic Games - Talent Supporting Talent: Bruce Cockburn inspired by Team Canada in Paralympic Athletes Village


LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn toured Team Canada's facilities in the Paralympic Athlete Village this morning and came away inspired by the Canadian Paralympic Team.

Several Canadian athletes enjoyed the chance to explain their sports to one of Canada's favourite folk rock guitarists, who was accompanied by the Canadian High Commissioner to London, Gordon Campbell.

Cockburn is in the UK from Aug. 24 to Sept. 7 on tour supporting his latest album, Small Source of Comfort.

"I know that Team Canada will make us all proud," said Cockburn, after meeting the tandem blind cycling powerhouse duo of Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and pilot Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC). "I'm looking forward to seeing all the great results that are going to come out!"

Cockburn also met visually-impaired athletes from the sport of goalball, along with wheelchair fencer Sylvie Morel (Pincourt, QC), who challenged him to a duel (see photo 2).

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 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 Paralympic athletes 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.

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Image with caption: "LONDON, ENGLAND /08/2012 - Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to Great Britain, pose for a group photo with cyclists Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and pilot Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC) at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Athletes Village. (CNW Group/CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC))". Image available at:

Image with caption: "LONDON, ENGLAND /08/2012 - Sylvie Morel (Pincourt, QC) of Wheelchair Fencing challenges Bruce Cockburn to a duel during walk about at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Athlete Village. (CNW Group/CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC))". Image available at: