British Columbia

Delta MP Carla Qualtrough named minister of sport and persons with a disability

Carla Qualtrough has long been recognized as a mover and shaker in the Canadian sports scene. Now she assumes the top political position as the new federal minster of sport and persons with a disability

Former paralympic swimmer brings a loaded resume to the portfolio

Justin Trudeau has tapped newly elected Delta MP Carla Qualtrough to be the new Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. (LPC)

Carla Qualtrough, Canada's new minister for sport and persons with a disability, brings a lifetime of experience to both portfolios. 

Qualtrough, who was born with a visual impairment, first gained prominence as a three time Paralympic Games medalist in the sport of swimming.

The Delta, B.C., lawyer most recently worked as vice-chair with the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal of BC, and has a background in the field of human rights. She also worked as a mediator and arbitrator and chaired the ministers council on employment and inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Her work in the sports field includes a role as director of inclusion for the Vancouver 2010 Legacies Now Society, and senior advisor on sport to the prime minister and special advisor to the director general of Sport Canada.

Qualtrough is a former president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and was named one of Canada's most influential women in sport six times.

The 44-year-old is a mother of four.

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