MasterCard Canada helps 16-year-old become a professional sports journalist for RDS



    
    Boucherville teen wins the 'Be a Junior Reporter Contest' as part of the
    MasterCard Memorial Cup
    

    RIMOUSKI, QC, May 15 /CNW/ - Today, MasterCard Canada announced the grand
prize winner of the Be a Junior Reporter Contest: 16-year-old Nicolas Auclair,
from Boucherville in the Montérégie. The announcement was made at the opening
of the MasterCard Memorial Cup junior hockey tournament in Rimouski, Quebec.
    The MasterCard Be a Junior Reporter Contest provides a young hockey fan
with an interest in journalism the opportunity of getting an early start in
the fast-paced profession by producing a news report for television.
    The contest judges chose the winner among five finalists who auditioned
at the beginning of May. Many young people from 13 to 18 years of age entered
the contest by sending a short essay explaining why he or she would be the
ideal candidate to report on the MasterCard Memorial Cup, taking place from
May 15 to 24, 2009.

    An uncommon sports platform

    "For me, this prize is more than an experience: it's the realization of a
dream that I've had for a long time," says Nicolas Auclair, a student at
Collège Charles-Lemoyne. "I hope that it will be the beginning of a long
career as a sports journalist. Lots of hockey fans can call phone-in shows,
share their thoughts on blogs or discuss their opinions about sports with
friends. But I'll have the chance to do it from the MasterCard Memorial Cup on
RDS. It's just incredible."
    From May 15-17, the first weekend of the tournament, Nicolas Auclair will
have access to players, fans, referees and the commissioners on-site - the
same access granted to seasoned sports reporters. Nicolas's story will air on
RDS on May 20, 2009.
    "MasterCard Canada has always supported young people's development and
has now been involved for 12 years with the Canadian Hockey League and hockey
across the country," said Martin Leman, Vice-President, MasterCard Canada. "We
believe that having the Memorial Cup in Quebec is a unique opportunity to
combine the two and have young Quebeckers participate in this great sports
event."
    In addition to the broadcast of a report on RDS province-wide, Nicolas
Auclair's grand prize includes a return trip for four to Rimouski, hotel
accommodations, tickets to three games and other activities during the
MasterCard Memorial Cup weekend.

    More young people get special treatment from MasterCard Canada

    In addition to this contest, MasterCard Canada will donate the Memorial
Cup tickets it received in exchange for its sponsorship of the tournament. The
Little Fans in Big Seats(TM) program distributes these tickets with the help
of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, to give kids a chance to enjoy an
exciting experience with the best seats at junior hockey games.

    About MasterCard Worldwide

    MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical
economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and
merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard
develops and markets payment solutions, processes approximately 21 billion
transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting
services to financial-institution customers and merchants. Powered by the
MasterCard Worldwide Network and through its family of brands, including
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go to www.mastercard.com.




For further information:

For further information: For MasterCard Canada: Sébastien Boudreau and
Alexandre Paquette, Capital-Image, sboudreau@capital-image.com,
apaquette@capital-image.com, (514) 739-1188, extensions 228 and 248, Cell
phone: (514) 519-8855

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