TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - With less than 100 days to the Sochi 2014
Paralympic Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to
celebrate the 2013 International Day of Persons with Disabilities today
with ongoing initiatives to build awareness of parasport, from
playground to podium.
"This is an exciting time to be involved in Canadian Paralympic sport,"
said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
"Every child has the right to take part in sport and live an active
lifestyle. Sport not only builds great athletes, it builds great
people. With our goals of expanding awareness, recruiting participants,
and being a world leader, Canada faces great opportunities in Sochi and
beyond. I invite all Canadians to get involved and get to know our
athletes through our activities here in Canada, as well as during the
Games broadcast from Sochi."
Reaching out to Schools and Communities
Parasport Festival: Mississauga, Ontario's Hershey Centre hosts a Parasport Festival today
from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mississauga's Hershey SportZone, 5600
Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ont. Everyone is invited to play
parasports and meet London 2012 Paralympians David Willsie and Garett
Hickling (wheelchair rugby silver medallists) and Whitney Bogart and
Amy Kneebone (goalball). For more information, please visit www.paralympic.ca/getinvolved
Paralympic Schools Week: Schools across Canada have until Dec. 20 to register to be entered
into a draw to win 1 of 25 free athlete appearances to have a
Paralympic athlete speak to their students. All schools that register
will receive a complimentary Paralympic Schools Resource Pack.
Paralympic Schools Week will be held Feb. 24 to March 7, 2014 - during
the 12 days between the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more
information, please visit www.paralympic.ca/schoolsweek
Building excitement towards Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
Sochi Team Announcements: Preparation for Sochi continues with the wheelchair curlers to be the
first athletes nominated for the Sochi 2014 Canadian Paralympic Team,
in Winnipeg on Friday December 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the upper press box of MTS Centre, 300 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Man.
Upcoming team nomination announcement events include sledge hockey on Jan. 18, para-alpine skiing on Jan. 21 and
para-snowboard on Jan. 26.
Canada's National Sledge Hockey Team competes all this week at the
MasterCard Centre in Toronto at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge from Dec. 1 to 7, hosting Russia, Japan and the U.S.
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 7 to
16, 2014. With a goal of placing in the top three nations in the gold
medal count, Canada will send 50 athletes to compete in sledge hockey,
wheelchair curling, para-Nordic skiing, biathlon, para-alpine skiing
On Nov. 27, with 100 days to go to the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter
Games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) unveiled an
unprecedented, fully accessible broadcast and electronic media plans
for the most comprehensive coverage ever offered in Canada for a
Paralympic Games - more than 65 hours of broadcast, up to 350 hours of
digital streaming, and rights free news access highlights connecting
Canadians via multi platforms. CPC will lead the Paralympic Broadcast
Consortium partners in creating coverage on five broadcast/digital
platforms: CBC/Radio-Canada, Sportsnet, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI),
Yahoo Sports Canada and SendtoNews.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
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 www.paralympic.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224
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