The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

January 26, 2006 19:08 ET

The Forzani Group Ltd.: Edmonton Boy Wins National Contest with Heart of an Athlete Story

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 26, 2006) - The Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL), is proud to announce the winner of their National "Share Your Power of Sport Moment" Shopping Spree Contest sponsored by Sport Chek, a corporate banner of The Forzani Group Ltd., Canada's largest retailer of sporting goods.

Congratulations to Nicholas Zimmer, of Edmonton, Alberta who was chosen from over 200 entries submitted to the online contest. As winner of the contest Nicholas will receive a three-minute shopping spree that will be awarded on January 29th, 2006 at Sport Chek's West Edmonton Mall location at 9:00 am. Nicholas will be living the dream of every child, as he enjoys the thrill of a shopping spree, grabbing up to $3,000 worth of sports equipment, accessories and clothing that he can handle. He will also be showcased on Sport Chek TV and in a Sport Chek spring flyer.

The "Share Your Power of Sport Moment" contest was held this past November to demonstrate the powerful connection that people have with sports. People were invited to submit stories highlighting how their Power of Sport Moment inspired, encouraged and motivated them to achieve personal success. The contest attracted contestants from across Canada and featured stories about first time marathon runners, to winning team underdogs, to triumphing over illnesses, to scoring the ultimate goal.

Nicholas submitted the winning story about his courageous challenge to beat an incurable disease. His story began at the age of 9 when he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis in the spinal cord - a rare condition that usually affects children ages 10-18 years. Nicholas underwent surgery with the probability of losing the use of his arms or legs. Nicholas' family prayers were answered when he came out of surgery with no long-term effects. With much determination, Nicholas began to walk again and completed outpatient rehab. Walking didn't satisfy Nicholas, and with unwavering commitment he achieved his goal to run his first Triathlon. After a year of healthiness, he began to play hockey and he is now a Pee Wee goalie in the local Minor Hockey League. Nicholas is 11 years old now and believes in The Power of Sport. To read his full story, visit

"We had some amazing entries that showed great inspiration from a broad range of people. While it's always a challenge to select a winner from such a wonderful pool of entries, Nicholas' story really captured the theme and brought it to life in a personal way. Stories like his are why we're all so passionate about sports, and the incredible physical and emotional benefits it brings with it", said Hubert Wat, VP Corporate Marketing for The Forzani Group Ltd.

About the Forzani Group Ltd.

The Forzani Group Ltd. is Canada's largest national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores from coast to coast, under four corporate banners: Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart and National Sports. The Company also retails on-line at and provides a content rich sporting goods information site at The Forzani Group is also a franchisor under the banners: Sports Experts, Intersport, RnR, Econosports, Atmosphere, Nevada Bob's, Pegasus, and Hockey Experts.

The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of The Forzani Group Ltd. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. The Company, in compliance with the reporting requirements of the various securities commissions, details these risks and uncertainties from time to time.

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