Wanted: Junior sports reporters to write about the Beijing Paralympic Games



    OTTAWA, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian students can follow their dreams
of being a sports reporter by writing short features or news about the Beijing
2008 Paralympic Summer Games as part of a national contest run by the Canadian
Paralympic Committee (CPC). The articles should be written from a personal
perspective.
    The writers of the top three entries will get to meet and interview a
Paralympic athlete who competed in Beijing. The Paralympian will also speak to
the class or school of the winning reporter about his/her experiences in
Beijing.
    The winning articles will be posted on the website of the CPC's online
schools program, which is sponsored by Petro-Canada and is called It's the
Real Deal, and published in the Paralympic Insider e-newsletter that is
distributed to over 2,000 subscribers.
    The free contest is open to students in grades four to eight, but entries
must come from students enrolled in a recognized Canadian school.
    "The Junior Reporters program will help students across the country get
into the Paralympic spirit," said Canadian Team Chef de Mission Debbie Low.
"Paralympic sport is about sheer athletic determination and skill. 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."
    Entries must be received no later than October 6 at 5 p.m. ET, and can be
emailed to education@paralympic.ca or mailed to Junior Reporters, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, 85 Albert Street, Suite 1401, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6A4.
    For complete contest details, go to www.paralympiceducation.ca.
Submissions will judged by a jury of CPC and Petro-Canada members.
    The "It's the Real Deal" Paralympic Schools Program aims to help raise
awareness of Paralympic sport and athletes with a physical disability.
    The Beijing Paralympic Summer Games run from September 6-17, 2008 in
China.

    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 Petro-Canada

    Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating
in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and
internationally. The company creates value by responsibly developing energy
resources and providing world class petroleum products and services.
Petro-Canada is proud to be a national partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games. The company's common shares trade on the Toronto
Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol PCZ. For more information, visit www.petro-canada.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Erin McCauley, Outreach Program Coordinator,
Canadian Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 226, erin@paralympic.ca


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