Media advisory - Athletes set to inspire students coast to coast during Canadian Paralympic Schools Week 2013

OTTAWA, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - It is with great pride and enthusiasm that schools and communities across the country will welcome some of the country's top athletes with a disability as guest speakers next week - many of them multiple Paralympic Games medallists - as part of Canadian Paralympic Schools Week 2013, presented in partnership with Petro-Canada.

Spreading the message of "Get Involved," athletes will deliver inspiring and motivational presentations to students from Victoria, British Columbia, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and up to Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Media are invited to attend the athlete presentations, to take photos, and to conduct interviews with students, staff and visiting athletes. Please RSVP by contacting the school directly or Alison Korn at the Canadian Paralympic Committee at akorn@paralympic.ca.

WAVE 1: Participating Schools - Paralympic Schools Week 2013

School/Location/Athlete/Sport/Date/Time

Meadowfields Community School (Yarmouth, NS), Dave Waters (para-canoe), Feb. 22, 8:45 a.m.

Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School (Yarmouth, NS), Dave Waters (para-canoe), Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m.

École Madeleine-Bergeron (Sainte-Foy, QC), Josh Vander Vies (boccia), Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m.

École des Écrivains (Quebec, QC), Josh Vander Vies (boccia), Feb. 22, 1:00 p.m.

Rockland YMCA (Rockland, ON), Patrice Dagenais (wheelchair rugby), Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m.

Thousand Islands Elementary School (Lansdowne, ON), Todd Nicholson (sledge hockey), Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m.

Vincent Massey Public School (Ottawa, ON), Jason Dunkerley (athletics), March 1, 8:30 a.m.

Bell High School (Nepean, ON), Todd Nicholson (sledge hockey), Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.

St. Angela Catholic School (Toronto, ON), Tyler Miller (wheelchair basketball), Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m.

James Robinson Public School (Markham, ON), Tyler Miller (wheelchair basketball), Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m. The Honorable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), to attend.

W.H. Day Elementary School (Bradford, ON), Tyler Miller (wheelchair basketball), March 1, 1:30 p.m.

Parkinson Centennial Public School (Orangeville, ON), Tyler Miller (wheelchair basketball), March 1, 11:15 a.m.

Glenbow Elementary School (Cochrane, AB), Jaye Milley (para-cycling), Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m.

Iqaluit, Nunavut (various locations), Richard Peter (wheelchair basketball), Feb. 20-22

Due to unprecedented demand, a second wave of presentations are currently being booked and will be announced next week. These include:

O'Connell Drive Elementary School (Porters Lake, NS)

IWK Compass Program (Halifax, NS)

Forest Glen School (Moncton, NB)

École Soeur-Saint-Alexandre (Lamèque, NB)

École communautaire l'Escale des jeunes (Bas-Caraquet, NB)

Keswick Ridge School (Keswick Ridge, NB)

École Communautaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Caraquet, NB)

Centre scolaire communautaire La fontaine (Neguac, NB)

Polyvalente Marie-Esther (Shippagan, NB)

École Léandre LeGresley (Grande-Anse, NB)

Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (Ottawa, ON)

Mackay Centre School (Montreal, QC)

École Saint-Pierre-Apôtre (Montreal, QC)

Kempenfelt Bay School (Barrie, ON)

Willow Landing Elementary School (Barrie, ON)

St. Paul Catholic School (Toronto, ON)

David Cameron Elementary School (Victoria, BC)

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee:

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.

SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

For further information:

For more information, please contact:

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333, ext. 243 / Cell: 613-298-4927
akorn@paralympic.ca

Martin Richard
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224
Cell: 613-725-4339
mrichard@paralympic.ca

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