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September 14, 2008 17:29 ET

The 767 Challenge Raises $18,500 for Special Olympics Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2008) - 25 teams of 20 participants each took the 767 Challenge at Montreal's Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport yesterday. This 10th plane pull contest helped raise $18,500 for Special Olympics Quebec (SOQ).

Thanks to the generosity of participating companies, the movement will be able to pursue its mission to enrich the lives of people with an intellectual disability through sport by providing more than 3,800 Quebec special athletes with the opportunity to take part in training programmes and competitions in 14 sports.

This one-of-a-kind contest held at the Air Canada base attracted hundreds of families who came to cheer the participants and see the airplanes up close.

"For 10 years, we have been able to count on the unfailing support of Aeroports de Montreal (ADM), the Montreal Police Department and Air Canada. Their involvement is very important to Special Olympics and rallying events such as the 767 Challenge are key to the continuation of our services and to the development of our movement", said Daniel Granger, chairman of Special Olympics Quebec.

The contest which consisted in using only brute human strength to pull an Airbus airliner over a distance of 3.7 metres in the fastest time ended with four of the participating teams taking home trophies.

Fastest pull Fastest pull Lowest team-weight Most dynamic team
Men's or Women's team pull
mixed team (members' total weight)
1. Sûrete du 1. Montreal 1. Handlex Caisse Desjardins
Quebec Police (802 pounds) des policiers
(6.61 sec.) Department et policieres
(9.44 sec.)
2. Aeroports 2. Aeroports
de Montreal de Montreal
(6.89 sec.) (977.2pounds)
3. Lipari 3. Enterprise
Group Rent-A-Car
(6.97 sec.) (1,015 pounds)

Small and large businesses in the Montreal area as well as various police forces took part in this 10th 767 Challenge, namely Abbott Laboratories, Aeromag 2000 YUL, Aeroports de Montreal, Air Canada, the Air Canada Pilots Association, Axima Services S.E.C., Caisse Desjardins des policiers et policieres, College Gerald-Godin, Dorel Industries, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Ex-Technicolor, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Handlex, IATA, Jeppesen (Canada) Ltd., John Abbott College Police Technology, Lipari Group, Merck Frosst, Q92 & CKOI, the Montreal Police Department, Summerside Transport, the Sûrete du Quebec.

About Special Olympics Quebec

The mission of Special Olympics Quebec is to enrich the lives of people with an intellectual disability through sport. Thanks to the support of numerous corporations such as Hydro-Quebec, the Forzani Group Ltd. and Loto-Quebec and to that of all the Quebec police departments taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics Quebec can offer its training programmes and competition network to more than 3,800 special athletes throughout Quebec. www.olympiquesspeciaux.qc.ca

About Aeroports de Montreal

Aeroports de Montreal is the local airport authority responsible for the management, operation and development of the Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel international airports under the terms of a lease entered into with Transport Canada in 1992. The Corporation employs a total of 600 people at the two airports and at its head office.

Contact Information

  • Special Olympics Quebec
    Justine G. Marchessault
    Communications coordinator
    514-843-8778, ext. 227
    Cell: 514-592-9765
    Aeroports de Montreal
    Christiane Beaulieu
    Vice-president, Public Affairs