Final opportunity to apply for media accreditation for the Vancouver 2010
Paralympic Winter Games

    
    The best in the world, Canadian Paralympians, will make history on home
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VANCOUVER, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) will be accepting additional applications for accreditation to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from Canadian print, Internet and radio journalists, as well as photographers until November 1, 2009.

The Paralympic Games are an international multi-sport event for elite athletes with a physical disability. The sports contested at Winter Games are para-Alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing - biathlon and cross-country skiing, sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.

The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will be the first Paralympic Winter Games held in Canada and will attract 600 Paralympians from 40 countries, including 55 athletes from across Canada. After finishing the 2008/2009 season top of the overall World Cup medal table and second in the World Championship, these athletes are poised for the best ever finish of a Canadian team at a Paralympic Winter Games.

"A global gathering of Paralympic Athletes in Canada is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed," said Blair McIntosh, Chef de Mission, 2010 Paralympic Team Canada. "Great sporting performances combined with each athletes' story of their journey to the Games will bring Paralympians the recognition they so richly deserve in Canada, and inspire a generation."

This is the final opportunity for non-rights holding Canadian print, Internet and radio journalists, as well as photographers to apply for accreditation to cover the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. The categories for accreditation are as follows:

    
    -   "E" Journalists (print, online and non-rights holding radio
        journalists); and,
    -   "EP" Photographers.
    

Applications for accreditation must be accompanied by a signed letter of assignment on official letterhead of a recognized media organization from the publisher, assignment editor or bureau chief. It must specify the name and functional title of the applicant. (Please note that we accept electronic signatures) Contact details for the publisher, assignment editor or bureau chief signing the letter must be included.

To apply for accreditation for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, please visit www.paralympic.ca/2010MediaAccreditation to review the Media Accreditation Policy and Criteria and download the application form, to be returned (by email or post) with supporting documents to Marie-Hélène Cayer by November 1, 2009.

Accredited media will require a passport valid through October 21st 2010.

SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

For further information: For further information: Marie-Hélène Cayer, Canadian Paralympic Committee, (778) 329-0328, marie@paralympic.ca; Rights holding media and all broadcasters should contact Steffi Klein, from the International Paralympic Committee at steffi.klein@paralympic.org


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