Manitoba's paralympic athlete Chantal Givens (Denholm) is on her path to Rio 2016.

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WINNIPEG, Feb. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba proudly announced Qualico as the major sponsor in support of Chantal Givens' (Denholm) pathway to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

Qualico's contribution of up to $15,000 in support of Chantal Givens was announced during a Launch Event held at Qualico's Atrium in their Winnipeg Head Office. Chantal will receive a cash donation of $10,000 and support to create a website that will assist her to raise funds from public donations. In addition, Qualico announced a matching gift program and invited Chantal's supporters to donate towards her pursuit to the podium in Rio. Qualico will match their donations up to $5,000.  Not only is Chantal a three-time Canadian Paratriathlon Champion, a member of the 2014-15 Canadian Elite Paratriathlon Team and a medal threat at the Rio Paralympic Games, now she's also part of the Qualico family. Visit www.goforitchantal.com to learn more.

"I sincerely want to thank Qualico and the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba for believing in me and for bringing us all together to forge a new path in the pursuit of excellence." -Chantal Givens, Paratriathlete

"Being an elite athlete at an international level with hopes for an Olympic medal is something many of us have dreamed of, but never had the talent, the discipline, the training, the resources or the guts to pursue. When you add to that list, being a para athlete, you can imagine the strength of character that you need to realize these dreams." -John Daniels, Regional VP Manitoba & Saskatchewan, Qualico

"The Canadian Sport Centre is thankful that John Daniels, Kevin Van and the rest of the Qualico family have stepped up with the kind of Corporate Leadership that is so vital to the success of Manitoba's athletes on the international stage.  They have recognized the importance of building champions in a community and the dedication in Chantal's effort to see the Canadian flag raised in Rio in 2016." - Jeff Powell, General Manager, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba

SOURCE Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba

For further information: Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba: Jeff Powell, General Manager, Direct Line: 204.474.7148, Email: media@cscm.ca; Qualico: John Daniels, Regional VP Manitoba & Saskatchewan, Direct Line: 204.254.9239, Email: jdaniels@qualico.com

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