Toronto Argonauts to pay tribute to Canada's Paralympic athletes as they take on the Tiger Cats



    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Swimmers Kirby Coté and Chelsey Gotell
will be participating in the coin toss as the Toronto Argonauts pay tribute to
the Canadian team heading to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games prior to their
pre-season CFL game against the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Thursday, June 19.
    Canada's Beijing 2008 Chef de Mission Debbie Low, Paralympic hopeful
Curtis Thom, other Team Canada Mission staff, Canadian Paralympic Committee
representatives and guests from Variety Village and Paralympics Ontario will
also be on hand to participate in the pre-game ceremonies and the Argonauts
Fan Tunnel.
    "We are excited to be working with the Toronto Argonauts to increase
awareness of our Canadian Paralympic athletes and the Paralympic Movement in
the lead up to and beyond the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games," said Low. "We
would like as many Canadians as possible to join us on the road to Beijing
2008, and experience the spirit of the Paralympic Games."
    Coté is aiming to bring home another gold medal from Beijing, her third
Paralympic Games. The athlete, who has 10% vision in both eyes, already has
seven gold and four silver Paralympic medals, and has set three world and
three Canadian records in her swimming career. The Winnipeg resident will be
putting aside her allegiance to the Blue Bombers to cheer on the Argonauts on
Thursday.
    Gotell's goal is to break the 100m backstroke record in Beijing for a
second gold in that swimming event. She qualified for her first Paralympic
Games at age 14, and won gold in the 100m backstroke in Athens in 2004. Born
and raised in Antigonish, NS, she's currently studying psychology at McMaster
University in Hamilton, ON.
    "Paralympic sport is about sheer athletic determination and skill,"
stated Low. "We're looking forward to being inspired by Canada's elite-level
athletes with a physical disability as they compete at the upcoming Paralympic
Games."
    Currently Canadian Sport Centre Ontario President and CEO, Low has been
involved in amateur sport for 20 years. Previously, she served as Executive
Director of Paralympics Ontario, and Director of Sport for Toronto's Olympic
and Paralympic bid.
    The football game starts at 7 p.m. at the Rogers Center, One Blue Jays
Way.
    The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games run Sept. 6-17 in China.





For further information:

For further information: or to set up an interview with Kirby Coté,
Chelsey Gotell or Debbie Low, contact Gabrielle Payette, Canadian Paralympic
Committee at (613) 795-5169 or email norma@paralympic.ca


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