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posted by Natascia Lypny in on juill. 19, 2011 - View profile

Montreal

Coupe du Québec Able Sail Regatta


5:00pm
Vendredi Juillet 29 2011

Venue: Pointe-Claire Yacht Club
Address: 1, Cartier ave. Pointe-Claire
Cost: $65
Accessibility: Accessible

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Association québécoise de voile adaptée

Coupe du Québec Able Sail Regatta July 29-30-31, 2011

Pointe-Claire Yacht Club

1, Cartier ave. Pointe-Claire AQVA tel.: (514) 694-8021 www.aqvaqc.com

 

Press Release

The Association québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA) will soon host its annual Coupe du Québec, a sailing regatta for people with disabilities, on July 29, 30 and 31st at the Pointe-Claire Yacht Club, 1 Cartier Av., Pointe-Claire, Québec.

The Coupe is a competition where athletes from Montréal, Québec City, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Kingston as well as states of New York,Vermont and Connecticut will test their skills as they race for the Coupe du Québec. The event has grown to be the most popular regatta forpersons with disabilities in Eastern Canada - this year, for our 11th edition, we expect nearly 25 competitors.

Thanks to specially designed boats and technology developed in Canada, everyone can sail independently no matter what their level of disability.  Evenpeople with significant limitation, such as full- body paralysis, can enjoy the thrill of competition by using a straw system to control the rudder and the sails with their breath.

The AQVA  is  a  well-established  non-profit  association  whose mission   is   to   provide   sailing   opportunities   to   people   with disabilities  in  an accessible  and  welcoming  environment. In addition to the rapidly growing program here in Montreal, our association boasts two other chapters in Quebec and we are continually seeking to recruit new participants across the province.

New this season the 2.4mR, a Paralympic class boat will be added to the event. Following a gracious donation from the Paralympic Equipment Fund, sponsored by Petro Canada and the CPC, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the AQVA was able to acquire its first 2.4mR this season. We will be officially christening this newest addition to our fleet on Friday July 29th. 

The media are invited to cover the Coupe du Quebec in order to show the accessibility of this exciting sport to all people, regardless of their levels ofdisability. We are also seeking support from the media to raise general awareness of adapted sport, invite those interested to come join our event, andto spread the word of our mission to potential financial sponsors.

 

Schedule

Friday July 29th 2011

5pm to 7pm: Official boat launch with special guests

7pm to 9pm: Barbecue

Saturday July 30th 2011

9am to 12pm:  Martin 16 Gold fleet and 2.4mR racing

12am to 3pm: Martin 16 Silver fleet and 2.4mR racing

5pm to 10pm: Dinner

Sunday July 31st 2011

9am to 12pm:  Martin 16 Silver fleet and 2.4mR racing

12am to 3pm: Martin 16 Gold fleet and 2.4mR racing

4pm to 6pm: Awards ceremony

 

For more information, please contact one of the persons below:

René Dallaire:

Off: (514) 846-2171

Cell: (514) 594-4730

Info@aqvaqc.com

 

Matt Palardy:

Off: (514) 694-8021

Cell: (514) 441-3306

aqva.coupe@gmail.com

 

Organizer:René Dallaire: (514) 846-2171, (514) 594-4730, Info@aqvaqc.com / Matt Palardy: (514) 694-8021, (514) 441-3306, aqva.coupe@gmail.com

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Natascia Lypny, a Montreal native, is a contributing member of the Halifax Media Co-op and sits on its editorial collective. She has also been involved with starting up the Montreal Media Co-op and interned at The Dominion in the summer of 2011. Currently, Natascia is a journalism student at the University of King's College entering her fourth year of study. She is also pursuing social anthropology studies at Dalhousie University. Natascia writes regularly for King's student newspaper, The Watch, and is the acting President of the Journalists for Human Rights chapter at her school. She is heavily involved with the King's Theatrical Society and other areas of school life. Natascia has freelanced, and interned at, several other publications across Canada, including The Coast, the Chronicle Herald and Spacing. Her work can be found on her personal website.

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