The first contest was a nationwide Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Poster competition. Canadian students had the chance to create artwork that represents the theme, “One Dream, Becoming Better Together”. The three winning posters were selected by the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and will be hung in the Athletes’ Village in Beijing, as well as at various sporting events across Canada.
Held in conjunction with the poster competition was the Beijing Postcard Contest at the Canadian International School of Beijing. All students were asked to create a postcard that embraces Beijing culture and the upcoming Paralympic Games. The winning designs are to be handed to all athletes on the Canadian Paralympic Team in Beijing, which in turn can be used by the athletes to send back home to friends and family.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Beijing 2008 Games Chef de Mission, Debbie Low, was excited at the level of involvement and the future investment in knowledge for Canadian Youth. “We were amazed by the creativity and the number of entries received from schools across the country,” she said. “We urge young Canadians everywhere to follow our Paralympic athletes – you won’t be disappointed by the excitement of Paralympic Sport!”
The winning students are as follows:
Lucy Yam, Bowmore Public School, Grade 7, Toronto, Ontario
Claudia Idzik, Holy Ghost School, Grade 6, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Linette Ho, Moscrop Secondary, Grade 8, Burnaby, British Columbia
Teressa Kim (Korea), Grade 5
Choong-Hoo (Korea), Grade 4
Yezi Lee (Korea), Grade 3
Joyce Change (New Zealand), Grade 2