2008 National Winter Games (SOC) to be held in Quebec City

    QUEBEC CITY, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Ms. Deborah Right, President and CEO
of Special Olympics Canada, and Mr. Roch L. Dubé, CEO of the 2008 Quebec City
National Winter Games (SOC) and President and CEO of the Bell Nordiq Group and
President of Bell Aliant. Quebec, officially announced that Quebec City will
host the 2008 National Winter Games (SOC).
    Among those present when the announcement was made included Ms. Mélanie
Turgeon and Mr. Philippe Laroche, the official spokespeople for the event, and
Mr. Pierre Boulanger, President and Director General of the Société du 400e
anniversaire de Québec.
    The 7th National Winter Special Olympics will be held in Quebec City from
February 26 to March 1, 2008, as part of the celebrations marking the 400th
anniversary of the founding of the provincial capital.
    "We are pleased that Quebec City is the first city in the province to
host the National Winter Games. This is an opportunity for our athletes to
discover a wonderful urban centre and participate in a major competition
during which some of them may be selected to represent Canada at the 2009
International Special Winter Olympics in Idaho," said Ms. Deborah Right,
President and CEO of Special Olympics Canada. "In Canada, over 31 000 athletes
take part in the many training and competition programs we offer, thanks to
the dedication and support of approximately 10 000 coaches and volunteers."
    "We are proud to be part of the program for Quebec City's 400th
anniversary celebrations. The National Winter Games (SOC) will allow athletes
and coaches to experience an event that is rewarding at both the sporting and
human levels," said Mr. Roch Dubé, CEO of the 2008 Quebec City National Winter
Games (SOC) and President and CEO of the Bell Nordiq Group. "The Games will
boost the local economy by creating direct spin-offs of more than $5 million."
    The following sports have officially been included in the official
program of the 2008 Quebec City National Winter Games (SOC): curling, indoor
hockey, figure skating, speed skating, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing
and snowshoeing.
    The Special Olympics stands out from other organizations by the manner in
which it structures its competitions. The athletes compete in small groups
comprising other athletes of similar ability; this is known as "divisioning".
Everything possible is done to create the most equitable conditions for the
athletes with a view to maximizing their enjoyment and personal development.

    Special Olympics Quebec and Special Olympics Canada

    The objective of Special Olympics Quebec and Special Olympics Canada is
to enrich the lives of Canadians and Quebecers living with an intellectual
disability. These two non-profit organizations offer training and competition
programs to more than 31 000 athletes across the country, 3800 of whom are in
Quebec. Approximately 10 000 certified volunteer coaches, 1000 of whom are in
Quebec, are involved in these programs. Special Olympic programs and
activities receive ongoing financial support from governments, companies and
individuals from across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Andrée Villeneuve, Et associés
communication intégrées, (418) 264-2465; Source: Stéphane Alain, Et associés
communication intégrées, (418) 527-2131

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