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December 02, 2009 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today celebrated 100 days to go before the start of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games at a sledge hockey demonstration at the Nepean Sportsplex. Also present were John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), and Sumi, the 2010 Paralympic Mascot.

The event took place at the City of Ottawa's sixth annual AccessAbility Day in partnership with the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability and United Way Ottawa. Activities took place throughout the day for all ages and abilities.

"In 100 days from today, Canada will welcome for the first time in history the Paralympic Winter Games on Canadian soil," said Minister of State Lunn. "2010 will also mark the 10th Paralympic Winter Games. This is the perfect chance to highlight the achievements of our Canadian Paralympians, as well as to celebrate their contributions to the sporting world and to share in their dream of winning gold at home."

"The countdown has begun, and in 100 days the Paralympic cauldron will be lit in Vancouver kicking off 10 days of celebration and awe-inspiring athletic performances by Paralympic athletes," said Mr. Furlong. "We hope all Canadians take hold of this opportunity to witness and experience the limitless possibilities of the human spirit at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games."

"Canada's 2010 Paralympic hopefuls are the best in the world. They are preparing to fulfill their dreams by winning gold for Canada with performances that will make us all proud to be Canadians," said Henry Storgaard, Canadian Paralympic Committee CEO. "The 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will not only give Canada's Paralympic athletes the recognition they deserve, they will change how Canadians perceive disability and inspire a generation of children and young people with a disability to try sport themselves."

The Government of Canada is a major and committed funding partner in delivering successful Winter Games in 2010 and will strive to maximize Canadians' investment in the Games. Hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is a unique opportunity for Canada to showcase its accomplishments and innovations to the world, while realizing sustainable environmental, social, cultural, and economic benefits across the country and for all Canadians.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca