The "Feel the Rush" Quebec Tour stops in Montreal on August 12 and 14



    MONTREAL, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Feel the Rush Quebec Tour, which is
aimed at getting more Canadians with a physical disability involved in sport,
will be stopping on August 12 at Montreal's Lucie Bruneau Rehabilitation
Center and on August 14 at the MAB-MacKay Rehabilitation Center.
    The goal of Feel the Rush, a grassroots public awareness campaign from
the Canadian Paralympic Committee that is being delivered in Quebec with the
help of Défi sportif, is to increase the number of Canadians with a disability
who "feel the rush" of confidence and empowerment that comes with enjoying
sport on a daily basis.
    Attendees will have the chance to meet sitting volleyball player José
Rebelo on Tuesday, August 12 and swimmer Brian Hill and wheelchair basketball
player Yvon Rouillard on Thursday, August 14. The athletes will be speaking
about their experience as Paralympians, their sports, and how sport played a
major role in their personal development.
    Another goal of the Feel the Rush Quebec Tour is to promote the
participation of Quebec athletes at the next Paralympic Games, running
September 6-17 in Beijing, China. As part of the tour, Quebec's Paralympic
athletes will discuss their sporting experiences at various "barbecues" held
across the province several weeks before their departure for China.
    Other objectives include demonstrating that sport can be used in the
rehabilitation of people who have been injured, and educating people in each
of the regions about the resources available on adaptive sports. For details
about the Feel the Rush program, go to www.feeltherush.ca. The tour will stop
at various physical rehabilitation centers in Quebec.
    The August 12 event will be held at Lucie Bruneau Rehabilitation Center
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Lucie Bruneau center is located at
2275 Laurier Avenue East in Montreal. The August 14 event will take place from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MAB-MacKay Rehabilitation Center, which is
located at 3500 Décarie Blvd. in Montreal. Media representatives are welcome
to attend the events.

    About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

    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 www.paralympic.ca.

    About the Défi sportif

    Défi sportif is an international sporting event for elite and
up-and-coming athletes of all types of disabilities. Défi sportif is organized
by AlterGo, a group of organizations all concerned about ensuring there are
leisure opportunities for people with disabilities.




For further information:

For further information: Norma Reveler, Canadian Paralympic Committee,
(613) 569-4333 ext. 227, norma@paralympic.ca; On-site: Maude Painchaud-Benoit,
Coordinator, Feel The Rush Quebec Tour, (514) 699-1637


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