2013 Canada Summer Games Chef/Assistant Chef Announcement

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For Immediate Release
April 3, 2012 Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Team BC

Sport Branch announces Chef de Mission for the 2013 Canada Summer Games

The Sport Branch is pleased to announce that Rob Needham has been
selected as the Team BC Chef de Mission for the 2013 Canada Summer

“Rob Needham is one of the province’s outstanding sport mentors and, as
Team BC Chef de Mission, he will be instrumental in helping a new
generation of elite athletes in B.C. strive for excellence on the
national stage,” said Hon. Ida Chong, Minister of Community Sport and
Cultural Development.

Needham is the Executive Director, Sport, for the Canadian Paralympic
Committee. He was Team Canada’s Chef de Mission at both the 2007 Parapan
American Games and, most recently, the 2011 Parapan American Games in
Guadalajara, Mexico. He has been the Games Director at five consecutive
Paralympic Games (2002-2010) and developed the CPC Games Blueprint, a
best practices manual outlining all tasks and timelines required to
prepare Canadian Paralympic teams. He was on Team BC’s mission staff for
the 2007 Canada Winter Games and is proficient in French, which will be
an asset in Sherbrooke.

As Chef de Mission, Needham is responsible for providing leadership to
the team, overseeing team administration, logistical support,
competition for athletes and coaches and training and supervision of
mission staff.

“I am honoured to be chosen Chef for Team BC,” said Needham. “We have an
exceptional team of staff, coaches and athletes and I am looking forward
to getting to know them better and support them in their quest for
excellence in 2013.”

Rounding out the core leadership team will be Assistant Chefs Michelle
Collens and Judy Joseph-Black.

Collens is the Business Development Manager, Sports Events, at the BC
Pavilion Corporation. Formerly the BC Sport Tourism Manager for 2010
LegaciesNow, Collens operated the Sport Concierge program for all
National Olympic and Paralympic Committees for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. She is a Canada Games volleyball athlete who
served with the Team BC mission staff and/or management team for three
consecutive cycles (2006-2011).

“The Canada Games played an important role for me in my development as
an athlete and has also allowed me to continue my passion for sport in
my professional career,” claimed Collens. “I am honoured to work with
professionals in our BC sport system who all have the goal to ensure
Team BC athletes and coaches have the support they need to achieve
podium performances at the Games.”

Joseph-Black is currently employed by the Sport Branch as a Sport
Consultant. She has administrated at 10 multi-sport Games nationally and
six internationally as the Team BC Communication Manager for the 1993,
1997, 2005 and 2009 Canada Summer Games and the 2003 and 2007 Canada
Winter Games. She was the Assistant Chef de Mission at the 2003 Western
Canada Summer Games and 2011 Canada Winter Games and has attended four
Paralympic Games in a communications capacity. She will be attending the
2012 Paralympic Games in London, England as the Assistant Press Chief.

The Chefs de Missions are the head of the delegation, responsible for
training and leading the mission staff volunteers and ensuring athlete
and coach safety. They work closely with the Branch, Provincial and
Multi-Sport organizations to provide administrative support to 425
athletes, coaches and managers.

Held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada
Games are a key event in the developing years of Canada’s amateur
athletes. As the best in their respective age groups in the Training to
Compete phase of the Canadian Sport for Life Model, these competitors
come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen
to represent their respective province or territory and compete for
medals and the Canada Games Flag.

The 2013 Canada Summer Games will be held in Sherbrooke, Quebec Aug.
2-17, 2013. The Games will bring together approximately 4,500 athletes,
coaches, managers and officials with participation from every province
and territory in Canada. Sports include: Athletics, Baseball,
Basketball, Canoeing, Cycling, Diving, Fencing, Golf, Rowing, Sailing,
Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball and Wrestling.


For more information about the Team BC program, visit the Team BC
website at www.teambc.org or contact Chris Graham at (250) 387-4386.



Jeff Rud
Communications Director
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250 208-4028 (cell)

Judy Joseph-Black
Team BC Communications Manager
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250 217-4518 (cell)

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