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Canadian Paralympic Committee celebrates 100 days to London 2012 Olympics with Facebook contest

Photo sourced from Canadian Paralympic Committee Facebook page

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is, along with taking part in special events, launching a Facebook contest today to mark the 100 days until the start of London 2012 Paralympic Games, August 29 to September 9. They're looking for the "ultimate super fan" to win a trip to the Games.

Inspired by the CPC's recent "Super Athletes" marketing campaign, the "Super Fan" contest asks users to come up with a creative nickname, photo and brief description on what makes them a Canadian Paralympic Super Fan. Super easy, right?

Entries receive votes through Facebook "likes". The fan with the highest number of votes on their entry will be sent to London, England, with tickets to the Opening Ceremony, Paralympic events and spending money.

Here's what else is going on across Canada today to mark "100 days to go" milestone, from a press release sent to us by CNW Group.

  • In Toronto today, four Canadian athletes training for London 2012 along with Team Canada Chef de Mission, Dr. Gaétan Tardif, will meet His Royal Highness Prince Charles at a visit to the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athlete Village site at 12:05. The lucky athletes are rower Victoria Nolan (Toronto, ON), wheelchair rugby player David Willsie (London, ON), judoka Justin Karn (Guelph, ON) and wheelchair basketball player Tracey Ferguson (Toronto, ON).
  • In Richmond, BC, today, Team Canada's men's Paralympic wheelchair basketball team will meet the media at an open scrimmage from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road.
  • In Quebec City on May 23, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's CEO Henry Storgaard will host a school presentation by LOCOG Chair Lord Sebastian Coe at St. Vincent School, 995 ave. Wolfe, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Participating athletes include Paralympic wheelchair fencer Pierre Mainville (St-Colomban, QC) and Paralympic swimming hopeful Sarah Mailhot (Quebec, QC).

The Canadian Paralympic Team, which will be announced in August 2012, will include approximately 150 athletes competing in 15 sports. Team Canada's Chef de Mission, Dr. Gaétan Tardif (Toronto, ON), celebrates the "100 days to go" milestone with athletes in Toronto today.

"More than ever, it's about peak performance," Dr. Tardif said in the news release. "After a lifetime of preparation and training, our athletes are about to encounter the strongest Paralympic field ever assembled and they are ready to meet the challenge."

Assistant Chef de Mission, Elisabeth Walker-Young (Vancouver BC), meets with athletes in Vancouver today and urges Canadians to follow their team.

"Canada, let's not have that Canadian fire and spirit from the Vancouver 2010 Games waver," Walker-Young encouraged. "The athletes knew you were cheering for them. As an athlete, one's goals have been set in place for a long time and knowing that Canadians are behind you makes reaching and succeeding in those goals ever more attainable and real."

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