TELUS World Skins Game to be held in Quebec's capital region in June, 2009



    
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    QUEBEC, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Québec City hosted the world this year as it
celebrated its historic 400th anniversary. Next summer, it will welcome elite
golfers from around the globe when the TELUS World Skins Game is played at La
Tempête Golf Club in June, 2009. This will be the popular Canadian golf
event's first visit to the Québec City region in its 16-year history.
    "Our entire team is thrilled to be hosting the prestigious TELUS World
Skins in the provincial capital region for the first time," said Karen
Radford, president of TELUS Québec. "This event allows us to contribute to our
local economy while partnering with Opération Enfant Soleil to improve the
health of our children across the province. At TELUS, we're committed to
making a difference in the lives of Quebecers, from Sept-Iles to Gatineau, and
we are dedicated to the province's long-term sustainable growth."
    The Mayor of Québec City, Mr. Régis Labeaume, is happy to learn that an
event of international calibre was already on the City's 2009 calendar. "The
400th anniversary of Québec City will soon be behind us, but the entire region
will continue to host events like this in the coming years. Québec City is a
unique centre of interest for businesspeople, tourists, artists, and now,
golfers of all ages! The financial contribution to Québec City's health sector
is also a precious gift that we will accept with great pleasure," said Mayor
Labeaume.
    The two-day event will be held on June 22 and 23, 2009, and will feature
the top names in international golf, each representing a different country.
The intimate, relaxed setting of the Skins Game format allows players to
engage with the cameras and the crowds as they compete against each other for
pride, prize money and Quebec's children.
    La Tempête Golf Club in Lévis is the very first 18-hole golf course of
international calibre in Québec City's metropolitan area. Reputed course
designer Darryl J. Huxham is responsible for the course layout that includes
200 acres of gently rolling hills, 40 of which are bent grass. The unique
7,096-yard design, lavish clubhouse, restaurant and bar make La Tempête the
region's most spectacular golf course.
    "Quebec has a tremendous golfing history and the fans here have always
been great supporters of the TELUS Skins Game when it has visited the
province," said Brad Pelletier, senior vice president and managing director of
IMG Canada. "We're thrilled about bringing the event to the Québec City area
and are very appreciative of the support demonstrated by our community
partners including Tourism Quebec, Tourism Québec City, Fairmont Le Chateau
Frontenac and La Tempête Golf Club."
    The 2009 edition of the TELUS World Skins Game will be the fifth time
that it has been played in the province of Quebec. Richelieu Valley Golf Club
in Sainte-Julie-de-Verchères (1994), Summerlea Golf Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion
(1996), Le Diable in Mont-Tremblant (1999) and Club de Golf Le Fontainebleau
in Blainville (2004) have all previously hosted the event.

    An event that gives back to the community

    The TELUS World Skins Game is always a highlight of the Canadian summer
sporting schedule for the country's most passionate golf fans, as well as the
community that hosts it. Fulfilling its promise to "give where we live", TELUS
partners with local charitable organizations to make a difference as the event
travels from coast-to-coast. Funds are generated through the 'Charity on the
Course' program which includes donations made for every birdie and eagle
played by the professional golfers during the two days of competition, as well
as an online charity auction through eBay.
    Next year's game will improve the quality of life for thousands of sick
kids for years to come as the money raised during the event will support
Opération Enfant Soleil, an organization that invests in the development of
quality paediatric care in Quebec. The charity will use the money raised to
equip the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec's Centre mère-enfant's
surgical unit with the latest in multimedia technology to facilitate complex
pediatric heart surgeries. The new system's extensive connectivity will enable
real-time participation in surgeries from anywhere in the hospital, thereby
improving educational opportunities for hospital staff and providing quick
access to the centre's specialists, all of which will increase the success
rate of the procedures.
    "The support we receive from TELUS makes a real difference in the care
children receive in Quebec. It allows us to purchase cutting-edge medical
equipment needed to improve the health of sick kids," said Ginette Charest,
Executive Director of Opération Enfant Soleil. "It is a privilege for
Opération Enfant Soleil to be associated with a prestigious event that will
have such a positive impact on our children."
    Mr. Yves Bolduc, member for Jean-Talon and Minister of Health and Social
Services, shares the enthusiasm of the event's partners. "It is essential that
we support medical initiatives that help us treat children and improve their
quality of life. The funds that will be invested through TELUS World Skins
will be an extraordinary lever to develop Quebec's paediatric sector," stated
Mr. Bolduc.
    The TELUS World Skins Game, an event owned and operated by IMG in Canada
for 16 years, has included many of the biggest names in the game including
Jack Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Greg Norman.
The line-up of players, as well as event ticket information, will be announced
and posted on www.telusskins.com in 2009.
    The 2009 TELUS World Skins is also sponsored by Audi, Samsung, Desjardins
and Nike Golf.

    About IMG Sports & Entertainment

    Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse
businesses include: consulting services; event ownership and management;
fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and
client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European
football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports.
IMG Academies are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational
facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000
junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.4 billion of annual revenue and 11.4 million
customer connections, including 5.8 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our
philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and alumni have
contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and
volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since
2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic
initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.





For further information:

For further information: Dave Haggith, IMG, (416) 960-5312 ext. 120,
dave.haggith@imgworld.com; Stacey Masson, TELUS, (514) 977-8766,
stacey.masson@telus.com; Cindy Levasseur, Opération Enfant Soleil, (418)
683-3637 ext. 123, clevasseur@operationenfantsoleil.ca

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