Stage Set for Gold at Shanghai Games - Canadian Companies Team Up with Special Olympics Canada

    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Corporate sponsors from across the country have
partnered with Special Olympics Canada to help Team Canada athletes reach for
gold at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Through the Draft an
Athlete program, over 25 national companies will provide uniforms,
accommodation and travel for Canadian athletes at the 2007 Special Olympics
World Summer Games in Shanghai, China October 2 - 11, 2007.
    "Team Canada is fortunate to have such generous support from so many
Canadian companies," says Ms. Deborah Bright, President and CEO, Special
Olympics Canada. "Team Canada will be represented by 83 athletes from across
the country, who have each been training extremely hard in the hopes of
achieving their own personal goals and personal best on the world sporting
    Through the Draft an Athlete program, national Special Olympics sponsors
have helped to provide support for athletes to train and to participate in
international competition. Toyota Canada, a 16-year national supporter of
Special Olympics Canada, has drafted Michael Milligan, an aquatics athlete
from Hamilton, Ontario.
    "It is an honour for Toyota Canada and its dealers to support athletes
like Michael Milligan, as they represent our country at the 2007 Games," said
Mr. Yoichi Tomihara, President and CEO of Toyota Canada. "It is our hope that
all Canadians will join us in supporting our Team Canada athletes as they
reach for gold in Shanghai. Together, we can make a difference to enrich the
lives of athletes with an intellectual disability."
    Corporate sponsors like Toyota help to foster an environment of mutual
encouragement and community awareness that improves the personal growth and
wellbeing of everyone involved in Special Olympics in Canada - athletes,
coaches, volunteers and staff. For additional information on Special Olympics
Canada and our generous corporate sponsors, please visit:
    "The World Games are pivotal parts of the sport fabric for Special
Olympics athletes and we are thankful for corporate support allowing our
athletes to participate along with 160 other countries at the World Games,"
Ms. Bright said.
    To follow the journey of Team Canada please visit the official website of
Team Canada at

    About Special Olympics Canada

    Special Olympics Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that is
dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability
through sport. The organization provides training and competition
opportunities for over 31,000 athletes of all ages and abilities.

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For further information: or to arrange interviews: Ms. Vaso Charitsis,
Marketing and Communications Manager, Special Olympics Canada, (416) 927-9050
ext. 237 (work), (416) 455-8932 (cellular), (416) 927-8475 (fax),

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