CPC announces winners of Beijing 2008 poster, postcard contests



    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Some young Canadians have already come out
winners in Paralympic-related contests, as Canada's Paralympic athletes head
into final training for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, which run
Sept. 6-17 in China.
    Claudia Idzik, a grade six student at Holy Ghost School in Winnipeg, MB;
Lucy Yam, a grade seven student at Bowmore Public School in Toronto, ON; and
Linette Ho, a grade eight student at Moscrop Secondary School in Burnaby, BC
were the winners of a national poster design contest run by the Canadian
Paralympic Committee (CPC).
    Idzik's creative design featured such Paralympic sports as wheelchair
basketball, wheelchair fencing and athletics inside the outline of a
wheelchair tennis player in a promotion for the upcoming Beijing Paralympic
Games. Yam depicted the Summer Paralympic Games with a mix of flags from
around the world coupled with numerous Paralympians, such as sailors,
horseback riders, powerlifters, archers, cyclists and others in neatly
interlaced stars. Ho's design showed Podi, the mascot of the Canadian
Paralympic Committee's online school's program, and Beijing Paralympic Games
mascot Fu Niu Lele above the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, with Paralympic
athletes on each side.
    The poster contest winners will receive 2008 Team Canada clothing and
other merchandise. Their posters will hang in the Athletes' Village during the
Paralympic Games.
    "We were amazed by the creativity and the number of entries received from
schools across the country in our poster contest. We urge young Canadians
everywhere to follow our Paralympic athletes - you won't be disappointed by
the excitement of Paralympic sport," said Debbie Low, the Canadian Paralympic
Committee's Beijing 2008 Game Chef de Mission.
    The contest was run under the CPC's free online schools program, which is
sponsored by Petro-Canada. The theme of the contest, open to students in
grades four to eight, was "Beijing 2008: One Dream, Becoming Better Together."
    The CPC held a separate postcard contest at the Canadian International
School of Beijing in China. The postcard designs of grade 2 student
Joyce Chang, from New Zealand; grade 3 student Yezi Lee, from Korea; grade 4
student Choong-Hoo Lee, from Korea; and grade 5 student Teressa Kim, from
Korea, have been printed onto postcards. The postcards will be given to
Canadian Paralympic athletes when they arrive at the Beijing Paralympic Games
so they can be mailed back to Canada with news from China.
    The winners of the postcard contest will receive four tickets to the
closing ceremony of the Beijing Paralympic Games, a 2010 mascot doll, and CPC
and 2010 pins.
    The winning posters and postcards can be viewed at:
www.paralympiceducation.ca.

    About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee
(IPC). The CPC's goal is to grow and promote 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: about the contests: Norma Reveler,
norma@paralympic.ca, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227.


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