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Observation and Collaboration at Sochi 2014 Chefs de Mission Seminar

March 22, 2013

Team Canada Chef de Mission Ozzie Sawicki inspects venues, gauges
progress of 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Russia

SOCHI, Russia, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ – Venue visits, detailed questioning
and a spirit of collaboration marked the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter
Games Chefs de Mission Seminar that finished today in Sochi, Russia.

Team Canada Chef de Mission Ozzie Sawicki was among representatives of
36 National Paralympic Committees to receive updates on preparations
for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The seminar ran from March
20 to 22 and included tours of Mountain and Coastal venues as well as
Athlete Villages at both locations. View photos on

“The Chefs de Mission Seminar provided the opportunity to engage with
the Sochi organizing committee on key areas in preparation for the
Games,” reported Sawicki, a resident of Cochrane, Alberta. “Many areas
are certainly moving forward, as we saw an unprecedented volume of
construction well on its way. The brand new curling and hockey arenas
in the Coastal Cluster appear ready to host our world class athletes.
The Mountain venues for para-alpine skiing, para-snowboard, para-Nordic
skiing and biathlon are equally impressive.”

The Games will take place from March 7 to 16, 2014 and are set to be the
biggest yet with around 700 athletes from 45 nations competing in 72
medal events.

Functional areas covered in plenary sessions at the Chefs de Mission
Seminar included Accommodation, Accreditation, Sport Entries and
Ticketing, among others.

“We found the Sochi Organizing Committee to be most hospitable and open
to feedback and input,” said Sawicki. “They are clearly excited to be
hosting the Games and volunteers are enthusiastic and helpful. I’d like
to thank all involved in putting together this invaluable Chefs de
Mission Seminar. I’m really looking forward to returning to Russia with
Team Canada next year!”

Canada expects to send approximately 50 athletes to compete at the Sochi
Paralympic Games, with the Canadian Paralympic Team to be officially
announced in February 2014.

Sawicki’s final site visit to Sochi will take place in October 2013.

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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. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

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