Media Advisory - Karate Champion Honoured before deploying to Afghanistan

    VALCARTIER GARRISON, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Bombardier Philip Gignac, a
member of 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada native of Val-d'Or, will
be inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame on Saturday, May
5, 2007. He will receive this honour during a ceremony to be held at Hilton
Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort in South Carolina.
    Bombardier Gignac, an accomplished karateka (practitioner of karate) and
the youngest to hold the title of Renshi, awarded to individuals who have
extensive experience in their art, will be added to the Elite Silver Warrior
Lifetime Achievement Award list. This honour will be added to his title of
best male competitor, which he was awarded in 2004.

    Before leaving for South Carolina, Bombardier Gignac will be available to
meet with media representatives on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, from 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.

    This induction will take place just a few months before Bombardier
Gignac's deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. He will be leaving for Canadian
Forces Base Wainwright in Alberta immediately after his induction in order to
complete pre-deployment training.

    Interesting facts about Bombardier Gignac:

    - First place in weapon kata, or forms, (Chito-Ryu style) at the
      11th Thurso championship, Quebec (2007)
    - First place in traditional kata (Japanese style) at the North American
      championship in Val-d'Or, Quebec (2005)
    - First place (world champion) in kumite, or sparring, at the world
      championship in Puerto Rico (2004)
    - First place (world champion) in traditional kata (Japanese style) at
      the world championship in Puerto Rico (2004)
    - First  place in extreme fighting in Ottawa (2003)
    - First place (light heavyweight champion) in kumite at the world
      championship in Panama (2002)
    - First French-Canadian CF member sponsored by the Canadian Forces as an
      individual martial arts competitor (2002)
    - Founder of the new Canadian Forces self-defence program (2000)
    - Named male athlete of the year at Valcartier (1997, 1998, 2001 and

    Media representatives who would like to meet with Bombardier Gignac are
asked to contact Lt(N) Bruno Tremblay as soon as possible. Note that
interviews will be assigned following the "first-come, first-served" policy.

For further information:

For further information: Lt(N) Bruno Tremblay, Public Affairs Officer, 5
CMBG, (418) 844-5000 ext 4688, Pager: (418) 260-3082

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