Media Advisory - Canadian Media Accreditation Process Opens for the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games
OTTAWA, Dec. 8, 2011
OTTAWA, Dec. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is
now accepting applications for press accreditation from Canadian print
and internet media for the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games.
The dates of the Paralympic Games are Aug. 29 - Sept. 9, 2012. Canada is
aiming for a top-eight finish in the gold medal count and expects to
field a highly-competitive team of about 150 athletes competing in 16
sports. Qualification is ongoing and the final team will be announced
in August 2012.
Please note that this is the only process for Canadian print and
internet media to apply for accreditation for the London 2012
The categories of accreditation for the London 2012 Paralympic Games are
"E": Written Press - journalist, editor, photographic editor employed or
contracted by a world news agency, a national agency, a general daily
newspaper, a sports daily, a sports magazine or sports internet site, a
periodical or independent/freelance journalist under contract
"EP": Photographer - meeting the same criteria as those defined for
"ENR": Non rights-holding broadcast (radio and/or television)
Non-rights holding broadcast organizations (ENR) must apply through the
International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The online application form
is available at www.paralympic.org/events; applications must be submitted to the IPC by January 31, 2012.
The CPC expects to complete the allocation of print media accreditations
before the end of February 2012 and will notify all applicants upon
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.
About Team Canada and the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games
Building on the great success of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter
Games, Canada is looking to continue its winning ways at future
Paralympic Games. The Canadian Paralympic Team is aiming to finish in
the top eight nations at the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games, based
on gold medal count. This goal was established in collaboration with
Own the Podium, Sport Canada and all summer National Sport
At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games, Team Canada placed seventh
overall, winning 19 gold, 10 silver and 21 bronze medals for a total of
The level of competition and depth of field continue to increase for
Paralympic Games. More than 150 countries - the most ever - are
expected to compete in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
To compete in Great Britain is especially meaningful as it is the
birthplace of the modern Paralympic Movement. 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. Since then, the Paralympics have grown to
become one of the world's largest sporting events. The first official
Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee's London 2012 Chef de Mission is
Gaétan Tardif and Assistant Chef de Mission is Elisabeth Walker-Young.
Gaétan has been involved in six previous Paralympic Team missions as a
physician, Chief Medical Officer and as Assistant Chef. Elisabeth, now
a sports administrator, competed at four Paralympic Games in swimming,
winning six Paralympic medals.
The exact Canadian team size will be determined closer to the Games as
many sports are in the midst of qualifying. Canadian sports which have
already qualified for London 2012 include men's and women's goalball
and wheelchair basketball.