Media Advisory - Ill and injured military personnel from Canada and Britain tackle new athletic challenges in winter multi-sport program this week

Media interview opportunities in Vancouver, Whistler and Surrey as Canada and Britain team up to introduce winter adaptive sports to 16 ill and injured military personnel

OTTAWA, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee is looking forward to an exciting week as Canada is hosting a group of 16 ill and injured military personnel from across Canada and Great Britain together in British Columbia to take part in a pioneering winter multi-sport introduction program.

The program has been created for ill and injured military personnel from the organizations Battle Back in the UK and Soldier On in Canada.

Eight Canadian and eight British service personnel arrived in Whistler, B.C. on Sunday and are participating in an eight-day program that introduces them to a range of adaptive winter sports and recreational activities.

Media are invited to join the activities and interview participants at the following times:

January 27 and 28   10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nordic/biathlon, Whistler Olympic Park
January 28  7:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Dinner and awards presentation with guest speaker -Paralympic rower, former paratrooper Sergeant (Ret'd) Steve Daniel - Delta Whistler Village Suites, 4308 Main Street, Whistler, BC
January 29    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Alpine skiing/boarding, Whistler Mountain
January 30 
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Sledge hockey at Surrey Sport and Leisure Arena, 16555 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, BC
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Wheelchair curling at Vancouver Curling Club, Hillcrest Community Centre 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC 
Media planning to attend are requested to RSVP with Sian Blyth (604 202 7364) Telephone interviews and photographs are also available.

For more information on the Soldier On/Battle Back Winter Multi-Activity Program, please visit

About Battle Back, Soldier On and the Canadian Paralympic Committee

Battle Back is a program managed by the Ministry of Defense in Great Britain to identify, facilitate and encourage adaptive Adventurous Training (AT) and sport opportunities for wounded Service personnel to aid their rehabilitation and return to an active life.

Solider On was created in 2006 by the Canadian Forces, in partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, with the aim of providing resources and opportunities for serving and retired Canadian Forces personnel with a permanent or chronic physical or mental health injury or illness to adopt an active lifestyle through participation in physical, recreational or sporting activities.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is responsible for creating an optimal environment for high-performance Canadian Paralympic athletes to compete and win in the Paralympic and Parapan American Games, and by promoting their success, inspire all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport.



For further information:

Sian Blyth
You Can Event Management
Cell: 604 202 7364

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927

Twitter: @CDNParalympics

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