Team Canada Ready to Shine at 2007 Summer Special Olympics

    Support from Canadians will be Golden in Shanghai;
    Coaches get new tool thanks to Generous Sponsorship from Lenovo

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - For years, they've been focused on a single
goal - to represent Canada and go for gold against the best in the world. And
tomorrow, 83 Special Olympics athletes will depart for Shanghai, China to
compete in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Send-off ceremonies
are being held tonight in Toronto and Vancouver.
    "All Canadians can share in the pride these athletes feel in representing
their country," said Ms. Deborah Bright, President and CEO, Special Olympics
Canada. "It's time for all of us to stand up and show our support."
    Canadians can follow the journey of the 83 Team Canada athletes at the
Team Canada Web site ( That's where sports fans can
track the results and leave messages of support for the entire team or for
individual athletes.
    Special Olympics Canada relies on contributions from sponsors, Sport
Canada and dedicated volunteers to ensure it can continue to provide sport
programs to athletes with an intellectual disability and send strong teams to
international competitions.
    One such sponsor, Lenovo, has agreed to donate 20 ThinkPad notebook
computers which will be used by coaches to analyze athletes' technical
performance and to generate structured training programs.
    "We are proud to partner with Special Olympics Canada and are extremely
pleased that our Best Engineered ThinkPads will help assist the coaches in
bringing out the best in their athletes. We are also looking forward to
cheering on our drafted athletes as they go for gold in Shanghai," says Mr.
Stefan Bockhop, Lenovo Director Channel Sales.
    Lenovo is also participating in the Draft an Athlete program, through
which more than 25 national companies are providing funding for uniforms,
accommodation and travel for Canadian athletes at the 2007 Special Olympics
World Summer Games in Shanghai. Renovo has drafted Russell Gerber, a power
lifter from Woodstock, Ont., and Melanie Giroux, a swimmer from
Ste-Marguerite, Que.
    "Thanks to generous sponsors, Canada is sending a very prepared group of
athletes to Shanghai," said chef de mission Jennifer Bent Richard. "Through
their hard work and dedication, Team Canada athletes are a true inspiration
for us all."
    Between October 2 and 11, 10,000 athletes, coaches and delegates from
160 countries will be in China for the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer
Games. The World Games are a pivotal part of the sport fabric for Special
Olympics athletes. Team Canada consists of 83 athletes, 22 volunteer coaches
and 12 mission staff. The athletes will compete in soccer, softball, rhythmic
gymnastics, 10-pin bowling, swimming and athletics (track and field).
    The journey for Team Canada's 83 Special Olympics athletes began in
Brandon, Manitoba in 2006, where they competed among 1,000 Canadian athletes
for the honor to represent Canada in Shanghai. They will wear the uniform that
was unveiled on May 29 by sportscaster Vic Router and California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger, as a symbol of their journey to the 2007 Special
Olympics World Summer Games.
    To follow the journey of Team Canada please visit the official website:

    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.

    About Lenovo

    Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best
engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation,
operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on
investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the
former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and
markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and
services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan;
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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),; Ms.
Ann Mahdy, Public Relations and Communication Manager, Lenovo, (416) 383-4974,

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