A host of Canadian Paralympians took part in the event ©CPC

Twenty-time Paralympic Games medallist Benoit Huot was among the Paralympians to offer advice at the first Team Canada champions chat.

Huot, a nine-time Paralympic swimming champion, led the French talk at the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) headquarters in Montreal.

He was joined by fellow Para swimmer Camille Bérubé and Para ice hockey player Hervé Lord, for the session.

Canadian Para judoka Priscilla Gagné and Para Alpine skier Josh Dueck took part in the English-language session, chaired by three-time Olympic figure skating gold medallist Tessa Virtue.

Perseverance, goal setting and preparation for major events were among the topics covered during the talks, the first held under a partnership between the COC, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and educational charity Classroom Champions.

The champions chat initiative is “designed to empower Canadian students to focus on themes including embracing challenges, mental health, diversity and inclusion, achieving goals, and ultimately become a champion in their community”, according to the CPC.

"This is such an amazing initiative and I’m so honoured to have been a part of it,” Gagné tweeted.

"So thankful for the teachers to sign their classes up, and for all the participants who were so open and honest.”

Sochi 2014 Paralympic men’s sitting combined gold medallist Dueck said you need to “perform in the moment and take pride in the journey” when asked how he prepares for the Games.

"The reward is intrinsic to the effort,” Dueck, who has also won two Paralympic silver medals, added.

"When you’re at the gate you should tell yourself that you’ve prepared and go and enjoy the opportunity.”