September 28th, 2004
chosen as the Canadian Flag bearer at Closing Ceremony
ATHENS –On Tuesday morning during a convivial
ceremony to honour the medallists on the Canadian Team, Chef de
Mission Louis Barbeau announced that Chantal Petitclerc, Montreal,
Qué., was selected to carry the Canadian flag at the Closing
Ceremony of the XIIth Paralympic Summer Games in Athens. Petitclerc
earned five gold medals in all five events she competed in and broke
three World Records and a Paralympic Record. She will carry the
flag for a second time in career, as she was chosen by her peers
to such honour at the Atlanta Paralympic Summer Games in 1996.
“Chantal Petitclerc has had the best Games of her life”,
said Chef de mission Louis Barbeau. “Her performance and attitude
has inspired the whole Canadian Team to strive for excellence throughout
the Games. She truly is a great ambassador for the Paralympic Movement
“It is an honour to carry the flag after Chantal (Benoit).
I had my best Games ever and carrying the flag is a great symbol
of what I accomplished here”, said Petitclerc.
Chantal Petitclerc started the competition in establishing a new
world record at the 100m qualifying event on September 20th, and
broke it again 24 hours later during the final where she got her
first gold medal of the Games. Gold then ensued in the 800m on September
22nd (Paralympic Record), in the 1500 m on September 24th (World
Record), in the 400m on September 25th (World Record) and finally
in the 200m on September 27th.