Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Program mascot and new curriculum unveiled at local Vancouver school

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - There's a new Cat in town! Podi, the
Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Program mascot was unveiled today at General
Gordon Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. Joining Podi were Paralympic
athletes and other special guests who tried their hand at ice sledge hockey,
goalball and wheelchair basketball.
    The mascot, inspired by a real-life feline, will promote a free online
schools program sponsored by Petro-Canada called 'It's The Real Deal.' The
program, which includes downloadable fun and interactive activities, athlete
interviews and photos for students in grades four to seven, aims to raise
awareness of Paralympic sport and athletes with a physical disability.
    Educators can participate in a teacher's-only discussion board, provide
feedback about the program and submit their own student activities to share
with fellow teachers.
    The Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Program, which was inaugurated in
2003, was recently updated to include more information about the upcoming
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
    "Podi has joined the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) to increase
Canadian's knowledge and understanding of the Paralympic Games and inspire
people to follow our Canadian heroes all the way to the 2010 Games," said
Canadian Paralympic Committee President Carla Qualtrough. "We're pleased that
Petro-Canada shares the same vision of education through sport and we're
grateful for their support of the program."
    Podi was chosen as the mascot following a contest held last year for
students through the "It's the Real Deal" Paralympic Schools Program. The
contest winner, Alexandria Tiffinger of Cole McKernan School in Edmonton, AB,
based her entry on her three-legged cat, Mr. Morris. Mr Morris has won many
awards, is featured in an amazing cat stories book and has made the most of
life despite having had numerous surgeries. Tiffinger was in Vancouver today
when Podi made his appearance.
    Podi will also be making appearances at special events in the lead-up to
the Beijing 2008 Summer Paralympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Winter
Paralympic Games, along with the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic
Games mascot, but students can interact with Podi anytime via Facebook and
    "We have been fuelling dreams and supporting education through sport for
18 years and we're excited to carry on this tradition by helping Canadians
experience the Paralympic Games through the Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools
Program," said Petro-Canada 's Director of Olympic and Community Partnerships,
Steven Keith.
    The Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Program can be downloaded, free of
charge, from the CPC's website at

    About Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic Movement
in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games. The CPC
empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all levels. For
more information please visit

    About Petro-Canada

    Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating
in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and
internationally. The Company creates value by responsibly developing energy
resources and providing world class petroleum products and services.
Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto
Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol PCZ. For more information please visit

For further information:

For further information: Erin McCauley, Coordinator of Outreach
Programs, Coordonnatrice, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Cell: (613) 795-5169,
(613) 569-4333 ext. 226,; Veronica Curtis, Corporate
Communications, Petro-Canada (Calgary), (403) 296-3031,

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