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October 17, 2000

The Paralympic Games take place October 18-29, 2000

Sydney, Australia-
An elite competition for the worlds top athletes with a disbility, takes place from Oct. 18-29, 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The passion grit and determination of Paralympians will inspire the world as they compete in the XI Summer Paralympic Games.

Gary Longhi was introduced as the Flag Bearer for the 2000 Canadian Paralympic Team at the Canadian Team Reception October 16th in Sydney, Australia. Gary, a member of the cycling team, will lead a record 162 Canadian athletes in the Opening Ceremonies of the XI Summer Paralympic Games, which get underway Wednesday, October 18th, 2000.

The atmosphere was electric as Gary was introduced in front of his fellow athletes and a packed house of Canadian supporters at the Team Reception. Gary was overwhelmed by the honour of being selected to represent the Canadian Team. 

These are Gary's fourth Paralympic Games. A resident of Montreal, Quebec, Gary's recent accomplishments heading into Sydney include winning this years Canadian Championship Time Trail and finishing second in the Road Race. He returned from the Atlanta Games with a gold and bronze medal in 1996 and is hoping to step on the podium again in Sydney. How does he plan to accomplish that? By being happy and healthy, by having fun and by biking very fast! said Gary.

The Flag bearer selection committee is designed to ensure that all sports have a voice in the selection. After consulting the Canadian Paralympic Committee selection criteria, each sport is invited to submit a written nomination on behalf of one athlete. After receiving the nominations, the Chef de Mission then appoints a panel composed of two athletes, a coach, the Director of Games Missions and the Chef. Finally the panel considers both the selection criteria and the nomination form submitted by the sport in making the final decision. 

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable private corporation recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since 1989. As such, the CPC is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Canada's participation in the Paralympic Games.

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