The Canadian Paralympic Committee has appointed Peter Lawless to serve as Team Canada's Ombudsperson for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. CPC's spokesperson Elisabeth Walker-Young said,"His legal and sport expertise combine to make him a prime candidate for the role of ombudsperson. We'd prefer to not have Peter busy in his role as ombudsperson, but if the situations present themselves, I'm confident with him in Team Canada's corner."
Lawless, an accomplished lawyer and coach, from Victoria, B.C., has been involved in high performance sport for over 25 years and is a Chartered Professional Coach. He currently works as a litigator in the Health and Social Services Group of the Ministry of Justice for the province of British Columbia. He is a three time winner of a National Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award for both cycling and athletics and was B.C.'s Coach of the Year in 2012. Beyond direct coaching, Lawless sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Cycling Canada and ViaSport. He also teaches Sport and Law courses at Camosun College and the University of Victoria Law School. (CPC Press Release.)