Few Canada Games builders have had as much of an impact in shaping the Canada Games as Peter Lesaux.
Having served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Sport for the Federal Government from 1977 to 1986, Lesaux was the driving force behind implementing numerous Canada Games policies and procedures that helped shape the way the Games are structured today.
Nowadays, regulations such as doping controls have become the norm throughout amateur and professional sports. However, Lesaux is credited with taking the initiative to enforce the regulations within amateur sport organizations that compete in the Canada Games.
Lesaux also played a huge role in the increased participation of female athletes at the Canada Games, ensuring that the male/female ratio was more balanced. Despite the substantial difference in athlete participation numbers amongst the sexes, Lesaux stressed the importance of increasing the number of female athletes. Although this motion received some resistance, it was eventually passed, and Canadian female athletes have reaped the benefits ever since.
One of the most prolific matters that Lesaux stressed with regards to the Games, as well as the CGC, was the importance of bilingualism. With the 2013 Canada Games being held in Sherbrooke, QC, this year is the perfect opportunity to showcase the great strides that the Council and the Games themselves have taken to ensure Canada’s two official languages are properly represented.
Doping controls, increased female athlete participation, bilingualism, coaching certification and cultural events have helped the Canada Games grow substantially throughout the years. Lesaux’s tireless work ethic within the Federal Government and hands-on approach with the Council ensured the Canada Games would continue to thrive long after his tenure was over.
The vital initiatives that he implemented forever changed the face of the Canada Games. These outstanding efforts put forth by Peter Lesaux, along with his numerous other involvements with the Canada Games, certainly merit his induction into the Canada Games Hall of Honour.