FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 2, 2008
Community Celebration to mark closing of Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), supported by several community partners, will host a Community Celebration to mark the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and the beginning of the home stretch on the road to the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler and Vancouver.
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2008
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Whistler Village Square
The event provides the opportunity to watch slideshows from Beijing and beyond on a giant screen, hear stories from our Beijing Paralympic Torch Bearers, and learn about Whistlers plans to welcome the world in 2010. Everyone is invited to join Whistler Olympic hopefuls and Paralympians for this special occasion.
This free community event begins at 4 p.m. with Paralympic sport demonstrations to kick-off the celebrations. Other festivities include the traditional Countdown Cake cutting, as well as slideshows and videos from the Beijing Games. The event also includes a special performance by singer/songwriter and 2008 Canadian Indie Awards nominee Justin Hines, who wowed Whistler during the Paralympic Games two-year countdown event in March. Olympic hopeful Britt Janyk and Paralympic Torch Bearers Brad Lennea and Sarah Tipler-just back from Beijing-will also be on hand to talk about their anticipation and excitement for 2010.
The Community Celebration takes place less than 17 months before the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For Whistler, this celebration marks a shift in the momentum. Over the next year-and-a-half you will see a variety of Olympic and Paralympic announcements, amazing sport events and unique cultural activities, said Mayor Ken Melamed. We are next in line to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the excitement is building.
VANOC will be on hand to provide information about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities in Whistler leading up to and during the 2010 Winter Games.
The Community Celebration is being produced by the RMOW with support from VANOC, BC Wheelchair Sports, the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and Delish Catering.
Whistler is Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and will be the site of the alpine, Nordic, and sliding events, as well as Celebration Sites featuring daily entertainment, nightly medals ceremonies, and the Paralympic Closing Ceremony.
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