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Chief Medical Officer and Chief Therapist Announced for 2011 Canada Games

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Two leaders in Nova Scotia’s medical community have been chosen as top volunteers for the 2011 Games. Dr. Sonja McVeigh of Dalhousie University and Jim MacLeod of Acadia University will be joining the medical services division as chief medical officer and chief therapist for the 2011 Games. Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Seaman, the medical services division chair, Dr. McVeigh of Chester, and Mr. MacLeod of Reserve Mines, will be on call 24 hours a day during Games time, handling everything from possible illnesses to doping control. The medical services division will oversee the care and comfort of 27-hundred young athletes coming from across Canada to Halifax to compete in 20 sports at the 2011 Canada Winter Games from February 11th to 27th, 2011. -30- Two leaders in Nova Scotia’s medical community have been chosen as top volunteers for the 2011 Games. Jean-Paul Deveau, 2011 Games chair, announced today, Sept. 29, that Dr. Sonja McVeigh has been named chief medical officer and Jim MacLeod will be chief therapist for the 2011 Games. “Our volunteers are our greatest legacy and our most valuable asset,” said Mr. Deveau. “Having professionals of this calibre leading our medical services team will help us achieve a high-level of care and comfort for the athletes, who are always our highest priority.” Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Seaman, the medical services division chair, Dr. McVeigh and Mr. MacLeod will be on call 24 hours a day during the Games to handle everything from possible illnesses to doping control. Dr. McVeigh, of Chester, is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University in the division of physical medicine and rehabilitation, department of medicine. She has extensive experience with the IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, and the Skate Canada Canadian Skating Championship, as well as other international, national and regional events. A native of Reserve Mines, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Jim MacLeod is a professor with the department of kinesiology and head athletic therapist at Acadia University. He has extensive experience at multi-event games, including the role of chief therapist on Canadian health care teams at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the role of alternate chief therapist at the 2000 Olympics in Australia. The medical services division will oversee the care of 2,700 young athletes coming from across Canada to Halifax to compete in 20 sports at the 2011 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 11-27, 2011.last_img read more