Chef-de- Mission, at your service!

Chef-de- Mission, at your service!

November 9, 2012 - I always wanted to be a "chef" but I definitely cannot cook and trust me you do not want me to do anything with music. However, when it comes to sport and high performance, I know what I am talking about.

Having traveled thousands of miles around the world for 20 years, after a great experience coaching and mentoring for the Paralympic Games in London, here I am Chef-de-Mission for Team Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Wow, what a challenge! Over the next 620 days I will have the pleasure and privilege of working with a fantastic team that has the best interests of their athletes.

The Commonwealth Games have always had a unique importance in my memories as an athlete. In 1990 I attended my first Commonwealth competition in Auckland, New Zealand, and at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, wheelchair athletics made its entry as an official sport and I won the gold medal. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, I proudly carried the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies. But even more than medals and honors are the unique memories I have of my experiences with the Commonwealth Games.  Athletes and coaches will tell you they are magical games. There is a little something that happens that is inexplicable and uniquely, Commonwealth Games. The atmosphere is friendly but competitive. Athletes inter-mingle regardless of sports, friendships are formed and remain. Sporting careers take birth and soar – achieving goals and missions.

My mission is very simple, to work with conviction to give the best performance environment and the best experience for athletes and coaches who will be part of "Team Canada 2014”. I’ll put all my passion, my heart, my energies into this mission. Through this personal blog, you can follow me in this experience. Do not hesitate to ask me questions, give me your comments, I am here for you!

Follow me en route to Glasgow 2014!