Heavyweight lifter, heavyweight goals! T-Base Announces Sponsorship Support of Blind Athlete with Clear Sights on Able-Bodied Competitors

    OTTAWA, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - T-Base Communications announced today that
powerlifter and world record holder, Stephen Jesso, has been selected to
receive the 2009/2010 Blind or Partially Sighted Athletic Sponsorship. The
annual program, now entering its fourth term, aims to provide recipients with
required materials in alternate formats, T-Base Communications core business,
as well as to gain athletes well-deserved exposure to successes in their
    Jesso, 31, competes in the super heavyweight class (125kg +), and
recently broke all previously-held records in squat (340kg), bench press
(245kg) and dead lift (300kg) exercises at the International Blind Sports
Associations' Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Florida. Competing against
the best in the world from countries such as Russia and Iran, he was the first
Canadian to capture the IBSA title in twelve years.
    Having achieved this personal goal, Jesso now has his sights set on being
the first blind lifter to compete against able-bodied heavyweights, and
eventually becoming the strongest man, with or without a disability, in the
    "His accomplishments are as incredible as his dedication and progress. It
is only surpassed by his goals for the future," said Matthew Kennedy,
Executive Director of Ontario Blind Sports Association. "Our hope is that his
sport becomes recognized by the Paralympic Committee in 2012 so that he can
showcase his skills and represent the country he loves," added Kennedy.
    The program, which has grown considerably in popularity over the years,
has offered sponsorship support to a number of high-calibre athletes. Last
year's recipient, Margarita Gorbounova, recently received word that she has
been long-listed as a member of the Canadian cross-country ski team, and is
hopeful she will compete at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in British Columbia.
    "We continue to be impressed by the undeniable passion, ability, and
determination demonstrated by these athletes," said Sharlyn Ayotte, President
and CEO of T-Base Communications. "We are thrilled to have the unique
opportunity to be a part of Stephen's goals and successes, and look forward to
supporting his journey," adds Ayotte.

    About T-Base Communications

    Specializing in website accessibility, braille, large print, e-Text and
audio, T-Base Communications provides alternative format solutions, assisting
government and Fortune 500 companies to communicate with their customers who
cannot access information in conventional ways. Working with the most
progressive companies globally, T-Base converts conventionally printed
statements and documents into alternate formats, providing leading
organizations the opportunity to reach a wider audience while simultaneously
meeting the diverse information needs of their client base.

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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Deanna
White, Media Relations, T-Base Communications, Inc., (613) 236-0866 Ext. 231,

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