Media Advisory: Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, VANOC CEO John Furlong to meet local ice sledge hockey players and promote 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Toronto



    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW Telbec/ -

    
    WHAT:   Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, John Furlong, Chief Executive
            Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
            Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and representatives
            of the Canadian Paralympic Committee will meet some ice sledge
            hockey players, who participate in the Adaptive Sports Program
            run by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Bloorview Kids
            Rehab. Paralympic gold medalist Paul Rosen, the goalie on
            Canada's national ice sledge hockey team, will also be in
            attendance.

    WHEN:   Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 12 noon.

    WHERE:  Skating Rink outside Toronto City Hall (at Nathan Phillips
            Square, 100 Queen Street West on the northwest corner of Queen
            and Bay Streets).

    EVENT:  - about 15 players will be skating with Paralympic gold medalist
              Paul Rosen and demonstrating ice sledge hockey, the exciting,
              fast and aggressive Paralympic version of hockey.

            - a fantastic photo opportunity where you can catch Vancouver
              Mayor Sam Sullivan meeting with the ice sledge hockey players.

            - ice sledge hockey will be showcased during the 2010 Vancouver
              Paralympic Winter Games. The Canadian team, which won gold at
              the 2006 Turin Paralympic Winter Games, will be looking for a
              repeat gold.

            - Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan will be available for a short
              media scrum following the photo opportunity.
    

    Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan is spending the week in Ottawa and Toronto,
meeting with politicians and others about the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games.
    The ice sledge hockey participants are part of the Toronto Sledge Hockey
in the Neighbourhood program, launched by the City of Toronto and Bloorview
Kids Rehab on February 1, 2007. The program is designed for Torontonians of
all ages and abilities, with priority given to people with a physical
disability. For more information, visit http://TorontoSledgeHockey.com.

    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 our website at www.Paralympic.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Matt Rhodes, Paralympics Ontario Communications
and Marketing Coordinator, (416) 712-8738 (cell), (416) 426-7030 (office),
matt@paralympicsontario.ca (will be on-site); Norma Reveler, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227, norma@paralympic.ca


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