Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games tickets on sale May 6, 2009; prices start at $10

    Canadian Paralympians encourage Canadians to experience the Games

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - As the world's top Paralympians gather in
Beijing for the 2008 Paralympic Games, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today announced details
of how spectators can start planning to attend some of the most inspirational
and affordably priced sporting events in the world - at the Vancouver 2010
Paralympic Winter Games.
    Approximately 250,000 tickets for 52 sport and ceremony events at seven
venues, for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, go on sale on May 6,
2009 on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices start at $10 for group
packages of 20 or more people. Eighty-five per cent of all individual tickets
are priced at $20 or less. Individual tickets to alpine skiing events will be
priced at $15, while wheelchair curling tickets will start at $15 and range up
to $30. Ice sledge hockey tickets will range from $20 to $50, and prices for
Opening Ceremony tickets will range from $30 to $175. A full range of
information on Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games sport disciplines,
events and ticket prices is available at, as is the
opportunity to sign up to receive the latest ticketing information as it
becomes available. Visa is the exclusive payment method for online ticket
    "For 10 days in March, more than 600 Paralympians will inspire us with
their world-class athleticism and incredible stories," said Cathy Priestner
Allinger, VANOC executive vice president, sport and games operations. "The
passion, skill and determination that these athletes demonstrate every day is
truly remarkable. What's more, the Games in 2010 will provide spectators with
an unprecedented opportunity to personally witness their stories while
providing a global platform for the Paralympic Movement."
    "One of the special pieces of our Paralympic ticket program is our group
ticket package program, which will offer the public an affordable, simple and
convenient opportunity to share the excitement and inspiration of the Games
with their staff, teammates or friends and family," said Caley Denton, VANOC
vice president, ticketing and consumer marketing. "The Paralympic Games are
one of the best values in the world of sport and these packages will enhance
that value even more."
    Five of Canada's top winter Paralympians attended today's event and
recounted their Paralympic experiences, speaking about the importance and
motivation of competing at home, particularly in front of an enthusiastic
crowd of spectators. The athletes included Lauren Woolstencroft, 2006
Paralympic gold medallist, alpine skiing; Todd Nicholson, 2006 Paralympic gold
medallist, sledge hockey; Sonja Gaudet, 2006 Paralympic gold medallist,
wheelchair curling; and cross-country skier Robbi Weldon, Canadian Para-Nordic
Senior World Cup Team member, who was accompanied by her guide, Brian Berry.
    "As an athlete, there's no question the energy of a crowd can push you to
perform at new heights," said Woolstencroft. "Having venues filled with
cheering, flag-waving Canadians will be an enormous advantage for all of our
    With just 9 days until the opening of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games,
the five athletes from Canada's 2010 Winter Games Paralympic team, and VANOC
executives and staff, took the opportunity to offer a message of good will and
good luck to Canada's Paralympic team in Beijing by signing a "good luck"
banner to be delivered to the team.
    "Representing Canada at the Paralympic Games is a great honour and the
result of years of hard work and determination; from experience I can say
every Canadian athlete headed to Beijing is feeling the excitement,
anticipation and most of all the pride of wearing the Maple Leaf on the world
stage," stated Nicholson. "I know their performances in Beijing will make all
of Canada proud and set the tone for our winter athlete's performances in
    Further information about the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
ticket program and the many additional events in Vancouver and Whistler during
the Games, including the nightly Victory Ceremonies in Whistler, will be
released in the coming months.

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit:

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jason Macnaughton, Vancouver
2010, (778) 328-6734,; Chris Brumwell,
Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-6269,

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