Aliant supports four local Olympians and Paralympians as they head to Beijing



    HALIFAX, July 28 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information
and communications technology provider, is helping make Olympic dreams come
true with the support of four local athletes as they pursue gold at the 2008
Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
    A new series of advertising celebrating these athletes was recently
released in Atlantic Canada.
    Aliant began to sponsor four Summer Games athletes in mid-2007- one from
each of the four Atlantic provinces - as they made their bids to become
Olympic and Paralympic athletes. All four athletes have since successfully
qualified for their respective Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams and are
headed to Beijing in August.
    Two Aliant sponsored Athletes are returning Canadian Olympic and
Paralympic Team members: Kara Grant from PEI attended Athens in 2004 and
competes in Beijing as a Modern Pentathlete; and Dave Durepos, from NB, is a
2-time Gold Medalist (2000, 2004) in Wheelchair Basketball. Two sponsored
Athletes are competing for the first time in the Olympic and Paralympic Games:
Katarina Roxon is a paralympic swimmer from NL and Andrew Russell from NS is
part of a two - man sprint canoe team competing in two distances.
    "We are very proud of all four Aliant sponsored contenders having
qualified for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - their achievements are
amazing," says Joe Mosher, Vice President Residential Markets, Aliant. "And,
we are confident their hard work will ensure their success at the Games, and
their experiences as an Olympic athlete is something they will remember for a
lifetime."
    Aliant is an Official Supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team from
2006-2012 and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This included the
Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team from Torino 2006, and includes the teams
for Beijing 2008 and the future London 2012 Olympic Games.
    The "Official Supporter" designation assigned to Aliant by the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
recognizes the company's corporate affiliation with Bell Canada, a Premier
National Partner for the 2010 Games.
    "Our support of Canada's Olympic Teams and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter
Games fits well with our company's commitment to Atlantic Canada and our
community focus, "says Mr. Mosher. "This is our opportunity to celebrate the
champions of Atlantic Canada and to deliver the Games in many special ways to
Canada's East Coast."
    Coverage of the Canadian Olympic Team is ongoing at Aliant.net. In
particular you will get an inside look at the four athletes sponsored by
Aliant.
    "These world-class athletes are great ambassadors representing Atlantic
Canada and we are very pleased to be able to share in their success." says
Mr. Mosher.
    To view the bios our athletes please see below.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.
    Media representatives are encouraged to sign up for Aliant News Alerts at
www.bell.aliant.ca.


    Athlete Bios
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    Katarina Roxon, Paralympic Swimming
    Kippens-Stephenville, Newfoundland & Labrador

    Katarina is a 15-year old swimmer who will compete in three swimming
events in the S-9 class at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. She lives and
trains in Kippens-Stephenville on Newfoundland's West coast. Trained by her
parent-coaches Leonard and Lisa, Katarina is a dynamic force on the Canadian
Swim Team and the youngest member of the 2008 group. In addition to swimming
Katarina also competes nationally in track and field.

    Andrew Russell, Sprint Canoe
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

    Andrew is amongst the cream of a very strong crop in canoe and kayak in
Canada. His recent qualification marks another strong statement in his return
to the Canadian paddling scene that began at the 2007 World Championships
after a four-year hiatus during university. This year Andrew has already won
two gold medals at the Pan-Am games after cleaning up at the Canadian
Championships. He competes for Canada in the C2 500m and 1000m events in
Beijing.

    Dave Durepos, Wheelchair Basketball
    Fredericton, New Brunswick

    Dave is a seriously accomplished athlete. Already a two-time Paralympic
Gold Medalist, Dave's goal for Beijing is to establish a Canadian dynasty in
Paralympic wheelchair basketball with a third-straight gold medal performance.
Between his national team duties, and playing for the Milwaukee Bucks'
wheelchair squad, Dave works for the Government of New Brunswick.

    Kara Grant, Modern Pentathlon
    Summerside, Prince Edward Island

    Kara competes in one of the most challenging disciplines at the Olympic
Games - Modern Pentathlon. The single-day event consists of equestrian,
fencing, pistol shooting, swimming, and concludes with a sprint-to-the-finish
run. Kara is a disciplined athlete who trains across five sports and is now
the official athlete ambassador of the 2009 Canada Games in PEI. The Beijing
Games marks Kara's second appearance at the Olympics, having competed at the
Athens 2004 Summer Games and finishing 22nd overall.




For further information:

For further information: Anna Peddle, Aliant Communications and Public
Affairs, (709) 739-2377, anna.peddle@aliant.ca

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