Archive | March, 2010

Win Tickets to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Win Tickets to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Robert Scales of VancouverAccess2010.com recently approached me to see if I could help run a contest to give away his tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. Wanting to do more than simply hold a draw, Robert had the fantastic idea to also raise funds for the BC Wheelchair Sports Association.

We only have about 10 hours to run this contest in order to get the tickets to the winner on time so here’s how it will work:

It’s pretty much a win-win situation. A cause is supported, you learn more about the upcoming Paralympics coverage on VancouverAccess2010.com, (& Miss604.com) and someone gets to attend the Opening Ceremony with a friend — for $10.

The ceremony will not be televised live as CTV will be taping it and airing it on Saturday March 13th.

The contest will close at 12:00am March 12th (that’s midnight tonight) and I will notify the winner by the email they supply on the donation page. 100% of the donations will go directly to the BC Wheelchair Sports Association as they are registered with CanadaHelps.

Thank you and I hope everyone really enjoys the excitement and amazing athletic performances of the Paralympic Games.

All donations of at least $10 are contest entries and must be received through the online donation page. The winner will need to arrange to collect their tickets from Robert tomorrow, Friday March 12th, 2010. Two tickets will be awarded, valued at $370 for the pair.

*Cross-posted from Miss604.com

>>>>>>>>>>>> UPDATE AT 12:00 AM <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Due to server issues at CanadaHelps, we are pushing the deadline until 8AM…

In the case that the servers are still being down by then we will assign tickets alternatively.

Just in case, feel free to leave comments with your intent to make a $10 donation to the BC Wheelchair Sports Association when the system goes back up… (We’ll use the good old honor system, since this is for a good cause..)

Make sure to email CanadaHelps with your best polite complaints…


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Sourtoe Cocktail Anyone?

Sourtoe Cocktail Anyone?

I was very fortunate to be invited by Yukon Tourism on a trip to Whitehorse during the Olympic Games on February 20th, 2010. It was an absolutely amazing day! We left Vancouver on an 8:30am flight, spent the day in and around Whitehorse and were back in Vancouver just after midnight the same day. Awesome!

I will be posting a series of posts of my experience of that day, but one I would like to feature here is Captain Dick’s Sourtoe Cocktail of Dawson City.

What is a Sourtoe Cocktail you ask? Well… you may be sorry that you asked… I tried not to think too much about it when I drank the cocktail and you will understand why in a moment…

A Sourtoe Cocktail is your choice of either Yukon Jack Whiskey or Klondike Vodka, both distilled in Yukon. Then… the Captain drops a dehydrated human toe (toe nail and all!), which is stored in salt, into the drink!

Before you drink it, the Captain recites, “the toe goes into your drink. You can drink it fast, or you can drink it slow. But the toe must touch your lips, and I must witness that.”

As you will see in the video below, I became a member of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club that day. I received a certificate and wallet card to prove it! In fact, I am member number 34,958! Wow, that’s a lot of people kissing a dead toe!

For more information about the Sourtoe Cocktail, please visit the Sourtoe Cocktail Club website.

For more photos of the event and more of the Yukon trip, please visit my Flickr page.

SourToe Cocktail

SourToe Cocktail

SourToe Cocktail

SourToe Cocktail

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Labonte Named Flag Bearer for Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Labonte Named Flag Bearer for Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) today announced that sledge hockey captain Jean Labonté has been selected as flag bearer for Canada at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

“Jean has demonstrated throughout his career the determination, athletic excellence, and strong character that embodies the Paralympic spirit,” said Blair McIntosh, chef de mission, Team Canada.”  Jean is a most deserving athlete to not only captain our sledge hockey team but to also lead our entire Canadian delegation into B.C. Place for the first Paralympic Winter Games on home soil.”

The native of Gatineau, Québec has competed in three previous Paralympic Winter Games, earning a gold medal in 2006 and silver in 1998. Labonté is one of the most decorated and admired athletes in the sport, having played in five International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sledge Hockey World Championships, taking the gold medal in 2000 and 2008, and bronze in 1996 and 2009.

The veteran defenceman demonstrates great leadership both on and off the ice. Labonté is an outstanding ambassador for sledge hockey and for the Paralympic movement.  He has worked tirelessly to promote Paralympic sport across Canada, educating Canadians about sport for athletes with a disability, and encouraging young and old to participate and take advantage of sporting and volunteering opportunities in their communities.

“When the eyes of the world focus on B.C. Place for the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games – the first to be hosted in Canada, they will witness an historic moment in Canadian sport,” said Carla Qualtrough, president, CPC. “The profile of Paralympic sport has reached new heights and our flag bearer, Jean Labonté, has helped lead the way. It is a tremendous honour to carry the flag for your country. Jean, like all of our Paralympic athletes, is about to make Canada very proud.”

The Opening Ceremony of the 10th Paralympic Winter Games is scheduled for 6pm PT on Friday, March 12, 2010 at BC Place in Vancouver.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, private organisation with 43 member sports organisations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement.  The CPC is responsible for creating an optimal high-performance environment for the Canadian Paralympic athletes to win at Paralympic and ParaPanAmerican Games.  By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the CPC inspires all Canadians with a physical disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organisations.  For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.

Follow the Canadian Paralympic Committee by becoming a fan on Facebook, and following on Twitter.

(News Release courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.)

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