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Canadian Paralympic Committee – Petitclerc to connect with local athletes training for Rio

MONTREAL, April 22, 2016 – Chantal Petitclerc, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, will continue her Canadian Tour on Tuesday, April 26 with a stop in Montreal to promote Paralympic sport and local athletes on the road to Rio.

Montreal will be Petitclerc’s fifth stop in a national tour that brought her to Ottawa/Gatineau in December, Calgary in January, Toronto in February and Halifax on Apr. 21.

In Montreal, Petitclerc will meet with Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, Montreal’s borough Mayor and member of the Executive Committee responsible for procurement, sports, leisure and communities of diverse origins, participate in the Défi Sportif AlterGo Opening Ceremony and meet local Rio 2016 hopefuls including:

–        Cindy Ouellet, world champion and Paralympian in wheelchair basketball

–        Aurélie Rivard, Paralympic silver medallist and world record holder in swimming

–        Benoit Huot, 19-time Paralympic medallist in swimming

Media are invited to attend an event at the Défi Sportif AlterGo for photo, video and interview opportunities – and the chance to try out wheelchair basketball.

WHAT

Interview and photo/video opportunities

WHO

Chantal Petitclerc, Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Cindy Ouellet (wheelchair basketball), Rio 2016 hopeful

Aurélie Rivard (swimming), Rio 2016 hopeful

Benoit Huot (swimming), Rio 2016 hopeful

Gaétan Tardif, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee

Maxime Gagnon, Director, Défi sportif AlterGo

Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, Montreal’s borough Mayor and member of the Executive Committee responsible for procurement, sports, leisure and communities of diverse origins

WHEN

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE

Centre Claude-Robillard, 2nd floor, animation area (north section)
1000, avenue Émile-Journault

Montréal, Que.

Petitclerc’s cross-country tour will encompass eight Canadian cities until June 2016, aiming to build awareness of Canadian Paralympic athletes. Petitclerc, a five-time Paralympian and 14-time Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair racing, knows that community support is crucial to every athlete’s success.

For more information and/or to arrange interviews, please contact :

Camille Asselin

camille@malallier.com

B. (514) 507-6299

C. (450) 602-4002

Marie-Anik L’Allier

ma@malallier.com

B. (514) 507-6299

ONSITE :

Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Cell: 613-298-4927 / akorn@paralympic.ca

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 27 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

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Alison Korn

Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243

Cell: 613-298-4927

akorn@paralympic.ca

Martin Richard

Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Cell: 613-725-4339

mrichard@paralympic.ca