Canadian Paralympic Committee's Schools Program launches design-a-Christmas card contest

    OTTAWA, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian kids can win free sporting
equipment by designing a Christmas card for the Canadian Paralympic
Committee (CPC).
    The national design-a-Christmas card 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 is Christmas,
with a focus on Paralympic sports, athletes and programs.
    The winning design will be printed on the front of this year's CPC
Christmas cards, which are sent to Paralympic athletes, national sports
organizations, sponsors and others.
    Along with $250 in sporting equipment, the contest winner will earn a
sports-related field trip for his or her entire class and his or her school
will be treated to a hands-on Paralympic sport demonstration and a
presentation by one of Canada's Paralympians.
    "The Canadian Paralympic Committee understands the importance of sport in
everyone's life, including people with a physical disability," said CPC
President Carla Qualtrough. "This contest gives Canadian children the unique
opportunity to creatively depict some aspect of the Paralympic Movement in a
Christmas setting. We look forward to receiving entries from across Canada,
giving away some sporting equipment and showing a lucky school first-hand what
it's like to participate in Paralympic sports."
    Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized Canadian school, and all
submissions must be drawn on 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper.
    Entries must be received in the mail by the CPC (It's The Real Deal,
Canadian Paralympic Committee, 85 Albert Street, suite 1401, Ottawa, ON,
K1P 6A4) no later than November 2 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time. For
complete contest details and entry forms, go to
    Submissions will be judged by a jury made up of members of the CPC and
    "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.
    The Petro-Canada "It's The Real Deal" Paralympic Schools Program is a
free online schools program that includes downloadable fun and interactive
activities, athlete interviews and photos for students and aims to raise
awareness of Paralympic sport and athletes with a physical disability.
Inaugurated in 2003, it was recently updated to include more information about
Podi, the program's new mascot.

    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

    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

For further information:

For further information: Erin McCauley, Coordinator of Outreach
Programs, Canadian Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333 ext. 226,

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