Media Advisory: Canadian Paralympic Committee hosts sports demos in conjunction with Canada Day celebrations

    OTTAWA, ON and GATINEAU, QC, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Paralympic Committee (CPC) will be celebrating Canada Day with some Paralympic
sport demonstrations at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau on July 1 from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Guests will have a chance to meet some members of the Canadian Paralympic
team heading to the Beijing Paralympic Summer Games, running from Sept. 6-17
in China.
    Podi, the mascot for the CPC's online schools program sponsored by
Petro-Canada, will be onsite to greet families and hand out stickers, pencils
and tattoos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    There will be sitting volleyball and boccia demonstrations, along with
racing wheelchairs, other sports chairs and ice sledges on display.
    "We are excited to have this opportunity to increase awareness of our
Canadian Paralympic athletes and the Paralympic Movement in the lead up to and
beyond the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games," said Canada's Beijing Paralympic
Team Chef de Mission Debbie Low. "We will be celebrating Canada Day and
everything being Canadian means tomorrow, and come September, our Paralympic
athletes will have the privilege and honour to represent our country at the
Beijing Paralympic Games - the ultimate competition for athletes with a
physical disability."

    Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008

    Time: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Sitting volleyball demos: 10:30 a.m-11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.,
    2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.). Members of Canada's national sitting volleyball
    team Larry Flynn and José Rebelo will oversee the demonstrations.

    Boccia demo: 11:30 a.m.

    Where: Jacques Cartier Park, located on the banks of the Ottawa River,
    east of the Alexandra Bridge on Laurier Street.

    This event is being conducted in conjunction with Volleyball Canada and
the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association.

For further information:

For further information: Gabrielle Payette, (613) 795-5169, or email (June 30 only)

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