Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) to welcome home Canada's athletes



    OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paralympic Team will be
returning home from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Summer Games on September 18
and 19, following the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday September 17. The athletes
will be made available to the media for interviews and photo opportunities at
two major airports in Montreal and Vancouver.
    The Canadian Paralympic Team has earned a total of 50 medals, earning
Canada the seventh place ranking by medal weight total. Canada's 143 athletes
have collected 19 gold, 10 silver and 21 bronze medals.
    The CPC will be present to welcome their athletes home and manage
interviews for the first few flights into Montreal and Vancouver. The list of
arrival times and athletes, as well as locations within the airports, is
below. Media are advised to monitor any delays in flights arrivals. Athlete
arrivals are subject to change without notice.

    
    Where:  Montreal - Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport,
            Domestic Arrival Zone (at Monumental Staircase)

    When:   Thursday, September 18, 9:13 pm

    Who:    Please see list below

    Pierre Olivier Boily / Cycling
    Mario Caron / Goalball
    Bruno Hache / Goalball
    Nancy Morin / Goalball
    (*)Anne Polinario / Swimming
    (*)Yvon Rouillard / Wheelchair Basketball
    Yann Mathieu / Wheelchair Tennis

    Where:  Montreal - Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport,
            Domestic Arrival Zone (at Monumental Staircase)

    When:   Friday, September 19, 9:13 pm

    Who:    Please see list below

    (*)Valerie Grand'maison / Swimming
    (*)Brittany Gray / Swimming
    (*)Benoit Huot / Swimming
    (*)David Eng / Wheelchair Basketball

    Where:  Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport, International
            Arrivals (Level 2 International Terminal Building)

    When:   Thursday, Sept. 18, 12:20 pm

    Who:    Please see list below

    Paul Gauthier / Boccia
    Alison Kabush / Boccia
    Monica Martino / Boccia
    (*)Lauren Barwick / Equestrian
    Karen Brain / Equestrian
    Ashley Gowan Lock / Equestrian
    Jennifer McKenzie / Equestrian
    Kenneth Kelly / Sailing
    Sarah Hunter / Wheelchair Tennis
    Yuka Chokyu / Wheelchair Tennis

    ((*)) Denotes 2008 Paralympic medallist
    

    Note: Chantal Petitclerc will be stopping over in Toronto on September 18
at 7:45 p.m. She will be made available to media upon landing in Toronto, and
then again upon her arrival in Montreal on September 19 at 11:12 a.m. at
Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport, where she will hold a press conference.
    Diane Roy, who won a total of three medals on the Beijing track, will
arrive in Montreal on Friday, September 19 at 10:15 p.m., where she will be
available for media.

    About Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic
Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games.
The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all
levels. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.




For further information:

For further information: (Vancouver) Mary Beth Walker, At-home Media
Attaché, Canadian Paralympic Committee, (613) 795-5169; (Montreal/English)
Rachal Fleury, At-home Media Attaché, Canadian Paralympic Committee, (613)
296-4237; (Montreal/French) Elise Bariteau, Public Relations Coordinator,
Canadian Paralympic Committee, Office: (613) 569-4333, x225, Cell phone: (514)
573-1546


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