Canada~Snowboard excited by the latest development in the Para~Snowboard saga!

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that two medal events in Para-Snowboard will be included in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Male and female standing snowboarders will compete, marking the sport’s debut as part of the Paralympic program.  The last Paralympic Winter Games was held in Vancouver in 2010. The event featured 502 athletes from 44 countries who contested 64 medals.

“We are thrilled by this latest development for Para~Snowboard,” said Steven Hills, Canada~Snowboard, Executive Director. “Canada~Snowboard has worked extremely hard at developing the sport and athletes. Having it added to the Sochi Games after the earlier decision to leave it out of the program is very positive,” continued Hills. “ There is much work to do on a short time line to prepare our team for the games, however with the continued support of our valued partners, The WSF, Sport Canada and Own the Podium, I am confident that we will be ready to take on the world in what will be a historic event.”

Canada~Snowboard’s Para~Snowboard Program Manager and Head Coach, Candice Drouin added, “we are really excited about the inclusion for 2014. Canada~Snowboard has supported the development of athletes with a disability for the last six years and our athletes will be ready for Sochi!”

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7-16, 2014. Para-Snowboard will be included in the Alpine Skiing program which also includes Downhill, Super G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom and Slalom events. Nordic Skiing will see a number of Biathlon and Cross Country events contested whilst other medal events will take place in Ice Sledge Hockey and Wheelchair Curling.

The qualification criteria for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be published on Monday 28 May 2012.

Gunnar Tveit, World Snowboard Federation (WSF) President, said: “The WSF are thrilled by the decision to include Para-Snowboard in the Paralympic program of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Together with the IPC, the WSF National Snowboard Associations, and riders, we have been working towards this goal for the last six years.”

Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Snowboard is a fast paced and extremely exciting sport and we are delighted that it will form part of the Alpine Skiing program at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. I am particularly looking forward to see how athletes perform in this exciting new discipline and believe it will prove extremely popular with spectators and TV viewers alike.”
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, said: “Snowboarding is a young and exciting sport and one which is attracting new audiences and participants everywhere. 

For further information
About Sochi 2014
please visit www.sochi2014.com
About IPC 
please visit www.paralympic.org 

About WSF Para-Snowboard
please visit www.worldsnowboardfederation.org  

ABOUT CANADA~SNOWBOARD
Canada~Snowboard is the governing body for the sport of snowboarding in Canada. Committed to high performance excellence, Canada~Snowboard provides a wide range of programs and support services based on established principles of long term athlete development, for all levels of snowboarding ability. With the support of its valued corporate partners – RBC and Under Armour – along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canada~Snowboard develops Olympic and World Champions. For more information please visit us at www.canadasnowboard.ca.

ABOUT THE WORLD SNOWBOARD FEDERATION
The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) is the international organization working exclusively to develop the sport of snowboarding at all levels, including, competitions, education, Para-Snowboard, judge and shapers education and certification, and snowboard activities for riders at every age.  WSF represents a network of National Snowboard Associations (NSAs) who work together at a worldwide level to promote the development of snowboarding. NSA members can find a source of inspiration and support from the WSF for the activities they are conducting within their nation. The WSF creates added value for everybody involved in snowboarding on a national level and can offer ideas, manuals, and initiatives as a result of unifying under one organization with the same goal: progression of snowboarding from the ground up.

WSF collaborates with the TTR Pro Snowboarding, the owner and operator of the TTR World Snowboard Tour and the TTR World Ranking System. Through this collaboration and coordination of events at the TTR World Snowboard Tour, WSF and TTR want to create an environment that fosters the development of competitive snowboarding.  In February 2012, the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and the TTR hosted the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway, an elite level event to be held every four years in alternating cities around the world.
Official website: www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 174 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

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