Ontario's Dave Thompson Wins Prizes Totalling $5,000 in TSN's Wendy's Kick for a Million Contest



    (xx)Media Note(xx) Footage of halftime show available via satellite at
    22:30 p.m. ET, details below

    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Forty-eight-year-old Dave Thompson of Niagara
Falls, ON, goes home a winner tonight, despite coming up short on all four
field goal attempts in TSN's third annual Wendy's Kick for a Million contest.
Thompson received consolation prizes totalling more than $5,000 (all figures
Canadian) from the televised event that took place tonight at halftime during
TSN's live coverage of the Friday Night Football CFL game featuring Montreal @
Toronto at the Rogers Centre.
    Thompson attempted field goals ranging in distance from 20 to 50 yards,
with lucrative prizes awarded for each successful kick. Thompson's kick from
the 20 was just wide to the left, while his kick from 30 yards hit the
crossbar. For participating in the event, Thompson wins a $2,500 Best Buy
shopping spree, a $2,500 SellOffVacations.com travel voucher, and free Wendy's
for a year. Had Thompson been successful from 50 yards, he would have won the
grand prize $1 million in a one-time payout.
    Married for 21 years with a 17-year-old son, Thompson out-dueled three
other participants in yesterday's 'Kickdown Playoff' in order to advance to
tonight's Wendy's Kick for a Million finale.
    Thompson received a call from TSN one day after his 48th birthday
(Sept. 21), letting him know he had been randomly selected to take part in the
Wendy's Kick for a Million contest. Thompson, 6'0" and 280 lbs., enlisted the
help of former CFL kicker Dan Giancola to train for the event. The Niagara
Falls native, whose father was in the Canadian Armed Forces and moved around a
lot, was born in Vancouver and has lived in four countries, five provinces and
12 different homes. Despite all of the movement, Dave spent 10 years living in
Winnipeg and is a die-hard Blue Bombers fan.
    Tonight's event wraps up TSN's third annual Wendy's Kick for a Million
contest. This year's promotion received more than 1.8 million total entries on
www.TSN.ca, up 20 per cent from the 1.5 million received last year, and nine
times more than the number of entries in 2005. In 2005, the first year of the
contest, 25-year-old mechanical engineer Brian Diesbourg of Belle River, ON,
split the uprights from 50 yards to win the $1 million grand prize. Last year,
Bill Szijarto, a 43-year-old IT support specialist from Port Robinson, ON,
nailed two field goals from the 20- and 30-yard lines to win prizes totalling
$25,000.

    
    Satellite Feed
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    Footage of tonight's CFL on TSN Halftime Show and Thompson's kicks is
    available tonight from 22:30 to 23:00 ET. The coordinates are as follows:
    -   Anik F2/3B c-band (111 degrees west)
    -   Downlink frequency: 3820 Vertical
    -   Audio: 6.2/6.8 mhz
    -   Local Toronto broadcasters can access this feed at Toronto TOC. Pegad
        has been left to connect to CFTO Tx11
    -   Uplink: Dome Distribution 416-332-7066
    

    Wendy's International, Inc. is one of the world's most successful
restaurant operating and franchising companies with more than 6,300 Wendy's
Old Fashioned Hamburger Restaurants in North America.

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For further information:

For further information: Andrea Goldstein, (c)(647) 224-8800,
agoldstein@tsn.ca; Josh Cogan, (c)(416) 859-4738, jcogan@tsn.ca; Chobi Liang,
cliang@tsn.ca

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