Come try adapted winter sports, meet athletes and learn how to get involved!
CALGARY, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee, in partnership with RONA, will host Calgary's first-ever Parasport Festival on Sat. Feb. 25 and Sun Feb. 26 and invites both the media and public to come try out sledge hockey, para-bobsleigh, para-Nordic and alpine skiing!
Meet Paralympic athletes, get autographs and see how they apply their athletic skills to earn gold medals for Canada! Discover opportunities to get involved - whether as an athlete, coach, parent or volunteer. All activities are free and open to everyone.
"This Festival is a great opportunity to ensure more Canadians with a disability are aware of the opportunities out there for them to be physically active," said Karim Salabi, Vice President of Marketing - Image and Sponsorships at RONA. "We're delighted to partner with the Canadian Paralympic Committee to present this pioneering event in Calgary and we invite everyone to come out and experience the thrills of parasport."
|WHAT:||A Parasport Festival: Learn more about and try a multitude of parasports!|
|WHEN & WHERE:|
|| Saturday February 25: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Canada Olympic Park's Athletic Ice Complex, 88 Canada Olympic Road, Calgary
Try sledge hockey and learn about para-bobsleigh!
| Sunday February 26: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Canada Olympic Park's Main Hill, 88 Canada Olympic Road, Calgary
Try para-alpine and para-Nordic skiing, as well as wheelchair curling.
|HOW:|| Pre-register to make sure you can enjoy all sports and that we have the right
equipment for you by emailing: Laura Ferris, Coordinator, Recruitment Program
Support: [email protected] Phone: 613-569-4333 x.233
For more information, please visit www.Paralympic.ca/getinvolved.
MEDIA CONTACT ONSITE: Laura Ferris - Cell: 613-298-1195
With thanks to Volunteers, Coaches, Athletes and Administrators from: WinSport Canada, Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) Calgary, Cross Country Canada, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, National Cycling Centre-Calgary, Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, Hockey Alberta, Canadian Curling Association, Garrison Curling Club.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.
RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of more than 950 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With close to 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 17 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales. For more information, visit rona.ca.
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 x243
Coordinator, Recruitment Program Support
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: (613) 569-4333 x233
Cell phone onsite in Calgary: 613-298-1195
Communications and Public Affairs
Phone : 514.599.5900 ext. 5271