Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies Mark 30 Days to Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games with Celebratory Event

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Sports Experts will join with the Canadian Paralympic Committee to mark 30 days to the start of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Media are invited to a unique event where they'll have the opportunity to learn how to play sledge hockey from members of the Canadian Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team and representatives from sledge hockey youth leagues. Special guests and VIPs, including National Sledge Hockey Team Captain Greg Westlake, will be available for one-on-one media interviews.

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 7-16, 2014. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Media registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Mattamy Athletic Centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens)
50 Carlton St., 4th floor
Toronto ON 

  • François Robert, Executive Director of Partnerships, Canadian Paralympic
  • Landon French, Vice-President of Sport Partnerships, Canadian Tire
  • Paul Rosen, Paralympic gold medallist and retired National Sledge Team
  • Current National Sledge Team players nominated to the Sochi 2014
    Canadian Paralympic Team including Greg Westlake, Brad Bowden, Billy
  • Representatives from Hockey Canada and Paralympians competing in Sochi,


  • It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable, warm clothing and flat shoes for the sledge hockey demonstrations. Jerseys, equipment and protective gear will be provided.

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC.a) (TSX:CTC) is a Family of Companies that includes Canadian Tire Retail, PartSource, Gas+, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, Pro Hockey Life, National Sports, S3 and Atmosphere), Mark's, Canadian Tire Financial Services, and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. With nearly 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets from coast-to-coast, our primary retail business categories - Automotive, Living, Fixing, Playing and Apparel - are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division. More than 85,000 people are employed across the Canadian Tire enterprise, which was founded in 1922 and remains one of Canada's most recognized and trusted brands. Canadian Tire Retail, Sport Chek and Sports Experts are proud to be Premier National Partners of the Canadian Olympic Team. For more information, visit  

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 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 high performance athletes with a disability 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


For further information:

For more information and to reserve your place for the Sledge Hockey lesson, please contact:
Erin Voth
North Strategic
Phone: 416-347-9698

Leah Gaucher
Canadian Tire
Phone: 647-924-2614

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-298-4927

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