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Proud Paralympian Leaders Announced for EPYG 2019

Posted 4/23/2019
















The Proud Paralympian Programme is for Paralympians and Para athletes who are aspiring to compete at the Paralympic Games. It aims to inspire and educate athletes to be the best they can be, both on and off the field of play.

Athletes can take part in workshops and activities at competitions such as EPYG 2019, delivered by Proud Paralympian Leaders to help current athletes achieve their best. 

The EPYG 2019 LOC is excited to announce the appointment of two Proud Paralympian Leaders, Erin Latimer and Phelipe Rodrigues, who will deliver workshops during EPYG 2019!

Check out their Profiles below: 

Proud Paralympian Leader- Erin Latimer 


Erin Latimer is two-time Paralympian from Canada. Coming from a ski-enthusiastic family, Erin started skiing at the age of two. She was introduced to Para alpine skiing in 2012 and made her Paralympic Winter Games debut in Sochi 2014. She competed in five Para alpine skiing races at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and finished in the top 10 in four of them.


As her most memorable achievement, Erin names her six medals on the Para alpine World Cup circuit. Erin retired from professional sports after the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games to fully focus on her Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. She still goes skiing in her free time and enjoys outdoor activities.


Answering the question what makes her a Proud Paralympian, Erin said: “I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent my country on the international stage. I am also proud to have the opportunity to educate and empower others within the Paralympic Movement.”

Proud Paralympian Leader- Phelipe Rodrigues

Phelipe Rodrigues is a Brazilian swimmer and three-time Paralympian. He started swimming at the age of six and made his debut at age 18 at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. After competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, four years later Phelipe achieved his most memorable sporting moment when winning four medals in front of his home crowd at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: A silver and a bronze medal in the men’s 50m and 100m freestyle S10, and another silver and bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle and medley relays 34 points. In 2018 Phelipe was inducted into the Pernambuco State's Sports Hall of Fame.

Off the field of play, he is active as a member of the World Para Swimming Athletes’ Advisory Group. He was elected in December 2017 to serve for the term 2018-2021.

Answering the question what makes him a Proud Paralympian, Phelipe said: “With all I have done in the sport, I now want to share my experiences and educate the new generation in a way they can one day take part in the Paralympic Games. I want to be a role model not just on the sport field, but also out of the field.”


For more information about the Supplementary Programme at EPYG 2019 check out our page.

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