Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame Welcomes Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Marni Abbott-Peter and Builder Donald Royer

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OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2015 – The Canadian Paralympic community celebrated seven accomplished and influential individuals this evening at a gala in Ottawa, for the official induction ceremony for the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Honored tonight were the seven inductees for 2015:

Athletes: wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal, Que., para-alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft of Banff, Alta. and wheelchair basketball player Marni Abbott-Peter of Vancouver, B.C.

Coach: the late Wilf Strom of Winnipeg, Man.

Builders: Audrey Strom of Winnipeg, Man., Donald Royer of Sherbrooke, Que. and the late Gary McPherson of Edmonton, Alta.

“It’s been so great to have everyone here tonight, there’s so much history and people who have done so much for the movement,” said Gaéan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “This has been a fantastic evening.”

“I see this as a huge honour and I’m very proud. It’s a bit like Christmas coming early.

Many people noticed I spent a lot of time supporting athletes, travelling with them, coaching them. People asked whether it wasn’t too demanding. I said No, it’s my passion. I always wanted my life to revolve around sport and excellence. I was able to live that. I’m a very happy man. I received much more than I gave. I feel like a very blessed person,” Donald Royer, inducted in the builder category.

“It’s awesome for me to be able to thank my family publicly. My mom has been my number one fan for so many years and we’re always joking around. She almost got kicked out of China for carrying her metal cowbell through security. She’s been amazing, and my whole family has. For every family event we miss because of our sport, they understand and give us the unconditional love and support that every athlete needs,” Marni Abbott-Peter, inducted in the athlete category.

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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

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