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Canadian Paralympic Committee – Men’s and women’s goalball teams to be nominated to Team Canada for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
 
-Media availability scheduled for Aug. 26 in Toronto-
 
Aug. 23, 2016 – Scarborough, Ont. -The Canadian Blind Sports Association and the Canadian Paralympic Committee will announce the six men and six women who will be nominated to represent Canada in goalball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this September.
 
Both Canada’s men’s and women’s goalball teams won bronze medals at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, securing their berths for Rio.
 
Media are invited to meet and interview athletes at their Team Canada jacket presentation at Variety Village in Scarborough, Ont. The jacket presentation will be followed by an open practice during which media will be able to take photos and b-roll.
 
WHO:
Goalball athletes nominated to Team Canada for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, along with their coaches
Nathalie Chartrand, Sport Technical Officer, Canadian Blind Sports Association
Karen O’Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Karen Stintz, CEO, Variety Village
 
WHEN:
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Variety Village, Court #3
3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough, Ont. M1N 2G2
 
ABOUT GOALBALL: Goalball is a Paralympic-only sport played by athletes with a visual impairment. Played in a gym court, the objective of the game is to throw the ball using a bowling motion into the opponent’s net while the opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies. The 1.25-kilogram ball has noise bells which help orientate the players. For more information: paralympic.ca/goalball
 
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: www.paralympic.ca
About the Canadian Blind Sports Association: www.canadianblindsports.ca
 
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For more information:
 
Shane Esau, High Performance Director, Canadian Blind Sports Association
Tel: 403-461-4025
Email: shane@canadianblindsports.ca
 
Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 x243 / Cell: 613-298-4927

Email: akorn@paralympic.ca