T-Base Communications Selects Blind Competitive Runner for the 2007/2008 Athletic Sponsorship



    OTTAWA, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the review of several impressive
submissions for this year's sponsorship of a blind or partially sighted
athlete, Jason Dunkerley, who is totally blind, has been selected for the
T-Base 2007/2008 athletic sponsorship program.
    Each year, T-Base Communications sponsors a new blind athlete who
exemplifies the drive for success in his/her field by providing alternate
format communication materials. "We are proud to be a part of Jason's journey.
His story is truly inspiring and demonstrates what can be accomplished as a
result of hard work and pure determination - the foundation on which T-Base
was built," says Sharlyn Ayotte, President and CEO of T-Base Communications.
    In addition to the athletic ability required for such a demanding sport,
a blind runner also relies on his/her acute listening skills and thought
processes. Jason navigates the track through directional and verbal cues from
a sighted guide who runs closely beside him. Joining Jason next year at the
2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China will be Greg Dailey, who is his
primary guide at international competitions. "Running for Canada has
definitely been one of the highlights of my athletic career, and I still
consider myself very privileged to be one of the lucky ones to have had the
rare opportunity, " says Dunkerley.
    As a part of the sponsorship, Jason will receive all of his communication
materials in an accessible format such as braille-embossed business cards and
alternate format presentation notes for speaking engagements. "It's wonderful
to have such strong support from organizations such as T-Base," adds
Dunkerley.

    About T-Base Communications

    Specializing in website accessibility, braille, large print, e-Text and
audio formats, T-Base Communications provides alternative format solutions,
assisting government and Fortune 500 companies to communicate with their
customers who cannot access information in conventional ways. Working with the
most progressive companies globally such as American Express, Citigroup, First
Data, LaSalle Bank, Merrill Lynch, Nokia, Royal Bank, Symcor, TD, and Verizon
Wireless, T-Base provides statements and documents in alternate formats,
providing leading organizations the opportunity to reach a wider audience
while simultaneously meeting the diverse information needs of their client
base. For more information, visit www.tbase.com

    About Jason Dunkerley

    Jason is the current Canadian record holder for both the 800m and
1500m track events for his B1 class, and is just two seconds shy of world
record times. He earned silver medals at both the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic
Games, and aspires to represent Canada at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China.
Most recently, Jason placed first in the 1500m event at the Para Pan American
Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, winning Canada a gold medal.




For further information:

For further information: media inquiries: Deanna White, Media and
Partner Relations, T-Base Communications, (613) 236-0866 Ext. 231,
dwhite@tbase.com; media interviews: Colleen Hayes, Communications Coordinator,
T-Base Communications, (613) 236-0866, Ext. 229, shayes@tbase.com

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