US Paralympic hopeful wants to connect with Canadians in Newfoundland and Labrador

    ST. JOHN'S, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Having clinched a spot on the US Adaptive
Alpine Ski Team, Caitlin Sarubbi is now on a mission to sharpen her
competitive edges and find out what makes Canadians tick. So she's travelling
to The Rock to find out.
    A relative newcomer to alpine skiing, Caitie was born with a rare
syndrome that affects only about 13 people in the world, Ablepharon
Macrostomia Syndrome (AMS), which led to her having over 56 surgeries and left
her visually impaired.
    Caitie begins her investigation today in St. John's getting to know
members of the St. John's Regional Fire Department over lunch at the hall
(Caitie's dad is a New York City firefighter who worked at Ground Zero during
and after the events of 9/11.) Over the coming days, Caitie and her family
will sample some extraordinary local adventures, and experience the
world-renowned Newfoundland and Labrador hospitality.
    Through the Connecting with Canadians program, the Canadian Tourism
Commission (CTC) and its tourism partners are sending elite international
athletes and their families to Canada. The families and athletes have the
chance to meet locals, have adventures and make memories before the
competitors return to make Olympic and Paralympic history. The CTC will share
their experiences with key media markets to inspire the world to travel to
    "It's a pleasure and an honour to have Caitlin and her family in Canada
to explore the unique beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador," says Michele
McKenzie, president and CEO of the CTC. "Caitlin's story is truly inspiring
and having her here is just one more way the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games are shining the spotlight on Canada."
    "We are very excited and pleased to welcome Caitlin and her family to
Newfoundland and Labrador," said the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of
Tourism, Culture and Recreation. "Through the CTC's Connecting with Canadians
program, athletes like Caitlin have the opportunity to share their Paralympic
journey with the people of the Province and Canada. We hope Caitlin and her
family enjoy their visit and we wish her all the best in the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games."
    The 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will be held in Vancouver and Whistler
from Mar. 12-21, 2010. A total of 1,350 athletes and teams officials from 40
countries are expected to be vying for medals in five sports.

    About the CTC

    The CTC is Canada's national tourism marketing organization. Our vision
is inspiring the world to explore Canada. With our partners in the tourism
industry and the governments of Canada, the provinces and the territories, we
advertise and market Canada in 12 countries around the world, conduct industry
research and studies, and promote product and industry development. For daily
updates on CTC initiatives, subscribe to <a href="">CTC News</a>, available through RSS feeds
and by e-mail.

      -  <a href="">Biography of Caitlin Sarubbi</a>

For further information:

For further information: Jitka Licenik, Corporate Communications
Advisor/Conseillère en communications, Canadian Tourism Commission/Commission
canadienne du tourisme, Tel/Tél (604) 638-2482, Fax/Téléc (604) 638-8438,,

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