Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 05, 2009 11:37 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Forces Members Compete in Military World Swimming & Lifesaving Championship in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2009) - Opening ceremonies will be held in Montreal to kick off the 43rd World Military Swimming and Lifesaving Championship, where more than 200 military swimmers from 18 nations will join 12 members from the Canadian Forces in a friendly competition from August 5 to 14.

The Canadian Forces (CF) participate in international sports as a member of the Conseil international du sport militaire (CISM), an international military sports organization founded in 1948 that is open to all nations. CISM now boasts 131 member countries and holds more than 20 competitions annually. The fundamental aim of CISM is to promote sport activity and physical education between armed forces as a means to foster world peace. These ideas are encapsulated in the CISM motto "Friendship through Sport." Canada currently participates in CISM basketball, fencing, golf, running, sailing, shooting, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, triathlon, and volleyball.

Where: McGill Sports Complex, 475 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, QC.
When: Thursday, August 6, 2009
Time: 7 p.m.
What: CISM World Military Swimming and Lifesaving Championship
Opening Ceremonies

Members of the media planning to attend these opening ceremonies should RSVP to Sandra Campbell no later than noon on Thursday, August 6 and should arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. Media may also contact Sandra Campbell to coordinate attendance at various competitions at Parc Jean Drapeau throughout the week.

To RSVP, please contact: Sandra Campbell, International Sports Coordinator, Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS) by phone at 613-996-7508 or by e-mail at

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