Chantal Petitclerc receives send-off to Beijing from Rio Tinto Alcan employees

    MONTREAL, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan employees presented
Chantal Petitclerc with their best wishes and a special good luck charm at a
ceremony marking her departure for the upcoming Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
    "Over our 10 year partnership, Chantal has been a great source of
motivation for Rio Tinto Alcan. She has met thousands of employees during
plant tours in Quebec, Europe, Australia and the United States, encouraging
them to pursue their dreams," said Dick Evans, Chief Executive. "We wish to
thank Chantal for her inspiration and wish her good luck in Beijing."
    Mr. Evans also presented Ms. Petitclerc with a lucky charm pendant,
featuring a medallion designed by Gordon Norfolk, a Rio Tinto Alcan employee
in Australia, as well as a message book with inscriptions from employees at
Maison Alcan.
    Going into her fifth appearance at this event, Ms. Petitclerc has already
won 16 Paralympic medals - nine of them gold - and one more spot on the podium
would give her the most medals in Paralympic sports history.
    As part of her highly successful athletic career, Ms. Petitclerc also
holds several world records and is the only Canadian athlete to have won
medals at the Paralympic, Olympic, and Commonwealth Games. In 2004, she was
awarded the Laureus Prize as Paralympic Athlete of the Year and named Sports
Canada Female Athlete of the Year.
    In China, she will be competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m
racing events. The 2008 Paralympic games run from September 6 to 17.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.

For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada:
Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-1202,;; Media Contact for Chantal Petitclerc: Guy
Ménard, Olympe Inc., (514) 966-5930,

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