December 30/12 21:23 pm - Paracyclist Arnold Boldt Named to Order of Canada
Posted by Editor on 12/30/12
The Canadian Olympic Committee released the following statement today to congratulate four important contributors to the Canadian Olympic Movement after Charmaine Crooks, Danièle Sauvageau, Hiroshi Nakamura and Arnold Boldt were honoured with appointments to the Order of Canada:
“Canada can be proud of what it has accomplished in sport because of these people,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “But more than that, we can be excited about what the future holds because of what they gave to the sport community. Charmaine, Danièle, Hiroshi and Arnold have made a mark on this country that will last forever. In doing so, they have laid a foundation for incredible things to come. The result of their hard work, dedication and passion for all the values in sport is a tremendous example of what is possible. These are true leaders and the Canadian Olympic Committee congratulates them wholeheartedly on receiving the Order of Canada.”
Crooks, of West Vancouver, BC, is a five-time Olympian in Athletics and silver medallist at the 1984 Olympic Games. She represented Canada for close to two decades and was the first Canadian woman to run the 800 metres in less than two minutes. In 1996, she was named Canada’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Atlanta Summer Games and was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. Crooks played an important role in developing the IOC’s Code of Ethics and is a long-time member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s board of directors.
Sauvageau, of Deux-Montagnes, QC, coached the Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey Team to a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. She has worked at almost every level of hockey open to female coaches and undeniably elevated the sport for women and girls in this country.
Sensei Nakamura, of LaSalle, QC, was coach of double Olympic medallist and flag bearer judoka Nicolas Gill. He has been involved in the sport of judo for more than 50 years and a head coach at the highly successful Shidokan Judo Club in Montreal - host to the National Training Centre.
Boldt, of Saskatoon, SK, is a Paralympian who earned two gold medals at the 1976 Games in Toronto, setting world records in both the high jump and long jump and consecutive medals through 1992. Boldt went on to become an international success in paracyling and raced at the London 2012 Games.