VANOC congratulates International Paralympic Committee on its 20-10 double anniversary

    20 years since IPC founded; 10 years since headquarters located in Bonn,

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Twenty years ago this month a passionate group
of volunteers dedicated to advancing the Paralympic Movement and encouraging
elite athletes with a disability to pursue excellence in their sport banded
together to create the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), with Canadian
Dr. Robert Steadward as its founding president.
    Today on the 10th anniversary of the founding of their headquarters in
Bonn, Germany, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) salutes the IPC's achievements over two
remarkable decades of growth, from fostering spectacular athletic triumphs to
its unswerving efforts to positively change attitudes about people with
disabilities throughout the world.
    "The accomplishments of the IPC are many but perhaps the greatest measure
of its success is the fact it's hard to remember a time when it didn't exist
to champion and promote internationally with a single, unified voice the
abilities and heroic stories of elite athletes with a disability," said John
Furlong, VANOC's Chief Executive Officer.
    "Interest by the public and media is growing with every Games but on this
double 20-10 anniversary, we know that much remains to be done to promote the
values of the Paralympic Movement - courage, determination, inspiration, and
most importantly equality - as embodied by its athletes. Someday, we hope
children of all ages will simply see abilities and not disabilities."
    Since 1989, the IPC has grown from 43 member countries to 162 with the
number of athletes taking part increasing exponentially, helping create one of
the world's largest sporting events. Approximately 600 athletes will compete
at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
    This is the first time Canada has hosted a Paralympic Winter Games. In
1976, Canada hosted the Paralympic Summer Games in Toronto, ON. Approximately
6,500 volunteers are needed for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games,
particularly in the Sea to Sky region where the bulk of sport events, such as
biathlon and alpine skiing, will be held. Interested candidates are asked to
fill out an application at specifying they are
available for the Paralympic Winter Games, or call VANOC's volunteer
information centre at 1.866.925.VOLS (8657).
    Tickets are still available to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
and can be purchased later this fall when Phase 3 of the Games ticketing
program is launched. Individual ticket prices to sport events start at $15.
Group ticket prices - available for most sport events for groups of 20 or more
people - are just $10. More than 70 per cent per cent of all individual
tickets are priced at $20 or less. Ticket prices for the spectacular Opening
Ceremony at BC Place range from $30 to $175. For more information, visit

    About VANOC

    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 more

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Greg Alexis, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-1627,

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