Celebratin​g a record-set​ting Paralympic Schools Week 2013: Athletes connect with more students and schools than ever before

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March 6, 2013, Ottawa, ON (ISN) – It was an ambitious week that turned in to nearly a month! Paralympic Schools Week, the 2013 version, has expanded beyond all expectations, as athletes with a disability shared their stories across Canada, with a total of 100 schools taking part, involving some 50,000 students and staff.

That’s up from last year’s 43 schools and reach of 14,000. Presenting partner Petro-Canada applauded the program’s growth in raising awareness of Canadian athletes and promoting the opportunities available in parasport.

“Paralympic Schools Week is a game-changing initiative that teaches students to dream big while communicating the importance of inclusion in sport,” said Stephanie Prefontaine from Suncor Energy, proud owner of the Petro-Canada brand. “We are thrilled to see communities across Canada share in our support of this wonderful program.”

– The first-ever Paralympic Schools Week athlete tour in Iqaluit, Nunavut;

– The first-ever Paralympic Schools Day, at the Clarence-Rockland, Ont. YMCA, bringing together three schools and five athletes for presentations and sport demonstrations;

– The first-ever Paralympic Schools Week program in children’s treatment centres;

– An official partnership with TO2015, encouraging students to enter its mascot design competition;

– School resource packs sent out to over 100 schools nation-wide;

– VIP, Member of Parliament and government representatives at many school presentations;

– Countless glowing testimonials on the power of sport and impact of the athlete presentations on students and staff.

With the last few school presentations currently being booked and completed, the Canadian Paralympic Committee would like to thank Petro-Canada as well as all students, schools, staff, sport partners and stakeholders who participated, facilitated, supported, and helped organize athlete visits for this project!

Photos from Paralympic Schools Week can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/CDNParalympics

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee:

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

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