The "Feel the Rush" Quebec Tour stops in Gatineau this Friday

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Feel The Rush Quebec Tour which is
aimed at getting more Canadians with a physical disability involved in sport,
will be stopping this Friday, June 27, at the "La Ressource" Rehabilitation
Center in Gatineau, Quebec.
    The goal of Feel the Rush, a grassroots public awareness campaign from
the Canadian Paralympic Committee that is being delivered in Quebec with the
help of Défi sportif, is to increase the number of Canadians with a disability
who "feel the rush" of confidence and empowerment that comes with enjoying
sport on a daily basis.
    Attendees will have the chance to meet former wheelchair racer Jacques
Bouchard, who will be speaking about his experience as a Paralympian, his
sport, and how sport played a major role in his personal development.
    The goal of the Feel the Rush Quebec Tour is to promote the participation
of Quebec athletes at the next Paralympic Games, running September 6-17 in
Beijing, China. As part of the tour, Quebec's Paralympic athletes will discuss
their sporting experiences at various "barbecues" held across the province,
several weeks before their departure for China.
    Other objectives include demonstrating that sport can be used in the
rehabilitation of people who have been injured, and educating people in each
of the regions about the resources available on adaptive sports. For details
about the Feel the Rush program, go to The tour will stop
at various physical rehabilitation centers in Quebec.

    The June 27 event will be held at "La Ressource" Rehabilitation Center in
Gatineau, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is located at 135 St-Raymond
Blvd. Media representatives are welcome to attend the event, which will be
held primarily in French.

    About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). The 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, visit

    About the Défi sportif

    Défi sportif is an international sporting event for elite and
up-and-coming athletes of all types of disabilities. Défi sportif is organized
by AlterGo, a group of organizations all concerned about ensuring there are
leisure opportunities for people with disabilities.

For further information:

For further information: Gabrielle Payette, Public Relations
Coordinator, Canadian Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333 ext. 225, C. (613)

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