By SPIRO PAPUCKOSKI -- SLAM! Sports
Canadian National will sponsor Canada's Paralympic Team competing at the Summer Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
"The Canadian Paralympic Team's record of success in international competition reflects tremendous dedication and commitment," Paul M. Tellier, president and chief executive officer of CN, said Monday from Montreal.
"All Canadians should be proud of these extraordinary athletes and their accomplishments, and cheer each of them on to medal winning performances again this year.
"CN is proud to support the team and the organization that prepares it for competitions around the world. These young men and women are tremendous international ambassadors for all Canadians."
CN's $50,000 sponsorship of the Canadian Paralympic Team is part of the company's donations program that supports health, safety and education organizations and institutions in Canada and the U.S.
"Paralympic athletes are a strong source of inspiration for us all," said Denis Coderre, secretary of state, Amateur sport. "Their success is the result of constant effort and outstanding force of character. And it is thanks to sponsors like CN, that Canada is a world leader in the Paralympic movement."
More than 4,000 athletes from an expected 125 countries are competing in the biggest Paralympic Games to date. Canada is represented in 16 of the 18 disciplines, including 14 sports also in the Olympics.
Canada will be sending 161 athletes to Sydney, its largest delegation ever