February 10, 2012
Ottawa - Pending Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) approval, Athletics Canada published today its internal nomination procedure for selection to the 2012 Paralympic Games. Athletics (track and field) at the Paralympic Games in London, England will take place August 29 to September 9. Consistency and repeatability, readiness, and international competitiveness are the high performance pillars upon which Athletics Canada’s internal nomination procedure for selection was built.
“If there is a prevailing theme in our Paralympic Games internal nomination procedure it is the readiness to compete, a critical component when it comes to delivering performance on demand,” said Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer. “We will not nominate athletes based on what they’ve done in the past, demonstrate that you are at the top of your game this year and will be ready to deliver in London.”
Laurier Primeau, Athletics Canada London 2012 Paralympic Games head coach adds, “We have been given a clear and simple mandate for Paralympic Games selection, the emphasis is on international excellence in London. Our nomination process emphasizes that mandate, and in many respects, we’re looking to build the foundation of growing high performance expectations into the next quadrennial.”
The qualifying window to record performances under the selection criteria opened January 1, and will close June 30, 2012 coinciding with the end of the 2012 Paralympic Track & Field Trials in Calgary, Alta. The Paralympic Track & Field Trials will serve as the selection trials for all events except the marathon. Due to the unique physical demands of the marathon event, performances achieved in 2011 will be considered.
The team size quota, as determined by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is not yet known, as such, should team size quota not be filled as of June 30, an extended qualifying period will be granted from July 1 to 15, 2012.
At the previous Paralympic Games in Beijing, China the Canadian athletics team came away with 19 medals, 10 of which were gold (1 silver and 8 bronze). In Beijing the team also set four world records, 8 Paralympic Games records and 10 Canadian records.