The "Feel the Rush" Quebec Tour stops in Montreal on July 9 and 10



    OTTAWA, July 8 /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 July 9, at the Marie-Enfant Rehabilitation Center, and on
July 10, at the Institut de réadaptation de Montréal.
    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.
    On Wednesday, July 9, attendees will have the chance to meet wheelchair
fencer Pierre Mainville, who will be participating in his first Paralympic
Games this September. On Thursday, July 10, attendees will meet former
wheelchair racer Jacques Bouchard. Both will be speaking about their
experience as Paralympians, their sports, and how sport played a major role in
their personal development.
    The 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 July 9 event will be held at Marie-Enfant Rehabilitation Center, from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is located at 5200, Bélanger Street, in
Montreal. The July 10 event will take place at Institut de réadaptation de
Montréal, at the same time, located at 6300, Darlington Av. Media
representatives are welcome to attend the event, which will be held primarily
in French.

    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: Gabrielle Payette, Public Relations
Coordinator, Canadian Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333 ext. 225, C. (613)
795-5169, gabrielle@paralympic.ca


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