The "Feel the Rush" Quebec Tour stops in Quebec City this Tuesday



    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 18 /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 tomorrow, August 19, at the Institut de réadaptation
en déficience physique de Québec (IRDPQ).
    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 meet Paralympic athlete France Gagné, who will be speaking
about his experience as a Paralympian, his sport, and how sport played a major
role in his 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 the province of Quebec.
    This event will be held at the Institut de réadaptation en déficience
physique de Québec, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on August 19. The center is
located at 525, boul. Wilfrid-Hamel Est, Québec. 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: 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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