Chantal Petitclerc (Wikimedia Commons)
Canada’s most successful summer paralympic athlete ever has accepted a position with the United Kingdom Athletics.
According to the Globe and Mail, Petitclerc has been named a coach in their paralympic athletics’ program. Petitclerc’s coach during her athletic career, Peter Eriksson, is the head coach of the United Kingdom Athletics’ paralympic program.
The 2012 Paralympic Games will immediately follow the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Petitclerc, who has been featured in Prospect Magazine, is a 14-time Paralympic Gold medallist in athletics. Twice she won five Gold medals at a Paralympic Games– at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Her other two major accolades include winning the 2008 Lou Marsh Award, that is awarded to Canada’s top athlete of the year and being inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Besides Eriksson, Petitclerc will be working alongside Kelly Smith, a Canadian silver medallist in the women’s marathon from the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.