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Petitclerc, 42, is the only Canadian to win gold medals at the Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The native of Saint-Marc-des-Carrieres, Que., still holds world records in three different wheelchair racing events.
“I have such a strong attachment to the Commonwealth Games, dating all the way back to 1990 when I was a silver medallist in Auckland, New Zealand — the first time that events for elite athletes with a disability were included on the sport programme,” said Petitclerc, whose appointment was announced Saturday during CBC’s Sports Day in Canada broadcast from Niagara Falls, Ont.
Petitclerc also has two 800-metre gold medals from the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England (2002) and Melbourne (2006).
She was also awarded the 2008 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year.
“There are so many reasons to be thrilled with Chantal’s appointment as our chef de mission in Glasgow,” said Dr. Andrew Pipe, the president of Commonwealth Games Canada. “A former flag bearer, multiple medallist, and someone with a deep appreciation for the athlete experience at the highest levels of international competition. Not to mention the fact that Glasgow 2014 will feature more events for elite athletes with a disability than any previous Commonwealth Games.”
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games begin in late July 2014, featuring 17 sports over 11 days of competition. At the last Commonwealth Games — held in 2010 in Delhi, India — Canada finished fourth in overall medals with 76, including 26 gold.