Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency

Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency

October 11, 2007 17:40 ET

4th CISM Military World Games

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2007) - The Canadian contingent of 175 Canadian Forces (CF) athletes, coaches, and support staff leave today for India to compete in the 4th CISM Military World Games, an athletic competition second in size to the Olympic Games. The games, hosted in Mumbai and Hyderabad, India will take place October 14 to 21, 2007.

Over 5,000 athletes from 100 member nations will participate in these Games. Of particular note Afghanistan will be sending a delegation of 32 athletes. At the opening ceremony on October 14th, Afghanistan will have the honour of being the first nation (alphabetically) to lead all participating nations into the stadium.

"The fourth Military World Games provide a world stage for our elite Canadian Forces athletes and are an excellent way to enhance morale within the Canadian Forces" says Brigadier-General D. E. Martin, CEO, Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency and Canadian Forces Chief of Delegation in India.

"Our core military values are represented daily during this eight day event. The fourth Military World Games provide our Canadian Forces with the privilege to compete and also to connect with the many member-nations of the Conseil international du sport militaire."

During the lead-up to the games, Canadian Forces athletes continue to train at their high performance levels while they support Canada at home and abroad.
Maj Darrell Menard of CF Support Unit (Ottawa) is heading to India with a dual role as an athlete and as a member of the mobile medical team. A member of CISM since 1986, Maj Menard will compete in the 20km race walk event. Maj Menard will be supporting the other Canadian athletes closely to ensure they are all in top physical form.

Lt(N) Sharlene Harding of CFB Kingston is a true leader of the women's soccer team. She has shown immense dedication and commitment to the CISM program in addition to balancing her family life and career.

The Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, the morale and welfare arm of the Candian Forces, organizes 13 National Sport Championships a year in support of the CF National Sports Program. Annually, fourteen teams represent the Canadian Forces in international competition which includes major games and world cup events and every four years at the Military World Games.

During the fourth Military World Games, Canada will participate in opening and closing ceremonies and athletes will compete in 10 different sport disciplines.

NOTE TO NEWS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:

Interviews can be arranged between Canadian media outlets and Canadian Forces personnel who are in India by contacting the Public Affairs Officer at CFPSA in Ottawa, Ms. Stephanie Webster, at: 613-996-6204.

As still and broadcast imagery are obtained, it will be posted on the Combat Camera website at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca and www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/common/combatcamera/news/

For technical information from Combat Camera, please contact Andre Rousseau at 613-995-8736.

For further information, visit the official website of the 4th CISM Military World Games at: http://59.160.161.48/index.jsp

For information on the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency and the CF International sport program, visit: www.cfpsa.com

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