Win some free Team Canada clothing by designing a poster for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games



    OTTAWA, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian children can draw their way into
some great Team Canada sporting clothing by designing a poster for the 2008
Beijing Paralympic Games.
    The creators of the top three posters in the national contest will not
only win 2008 Team Canada merchandise and clothing, but will also have their
posters hung in Petro-Canada stations across Canada and in the Canadian
athletes' lounge at the Paralympic Village in Beijing, China.
    "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," said Debbie
Low, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's 2008 Beijing Games Chef de Mission.
"This poster contest will provide youth across the country with an opportunity
to learn about our athletes, Paralympic sports and the inspiring stories
behind the Paralympic dream, and then to put on their thinking caps and get
drawing."
    The contest, being run under the CPC's free online schools program
sponsored by Petro-Canada called It's the Real Deal, is open to students in
grades four to eight. The theme of the poster contest is "Beijing 2008: One
Dream, Becoming Better Together."
    The Petro-Canada "It's The Real Deal" Paralympic Schools Program is a
free online schools program that includes downloadable interactive activities,
athlete interviews and photos for students and aims to raise awareness of
Paralympic sport and athletes with a physical disability.
    "It's exciting to see students creatively engage with the Paralympic
Movement through Petro-Canada's "It's the Real Deal" Paralympic Schools
Program," said Petro-Canada's Director of Olympic and Community Partnerships,
Steven Keith.
    It is free to enter the contest, but all entries must come from students
enrolled in a recognized Canadian school.
    Entries must be received in the mail at the CPC office (It's The Real
Deal, Canadian Paralympic Committee, 85 Albert Street, suite 1401, Ottawa, ON,
K1P 6A4) no later than May 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time. For complete
contest details and entry forms, go to www.paralympiceducation.ca.
    Submissions will be judged by a jury made up of members of the CPC and
Petro-Canada.
    "The posters will help students across the country get into the
Paralympic spirit," said CPC President Carla Qualtrough. "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."

    The Beijing Paralympic Summer Games run from September 6-17, 2008 in
China.

    About 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: Norma Reveler, media relations, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227, norma@paralympic.ca


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