Sonntag, 22. Oktober 2017

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Minister McNeil announces nine Vancouver students who work on a Canadian-German newspaper that covers the Paralympics

Bonn, (lifePR) - "Our young Vancouver students will have a unique experience working as both, reporters and writers, interviewing with Canadian athletes, Paralympic Family members and visitors. I am proud of their commitment and enthusiasm to get involved in our Games." says Mary McNeil, Minister of State for the Olympics and ActNow BC.

Together with Deputy Mayor George Chow, she announced the nine Vancouver high school students who will participate in the Canadian-German project Paralympic Newspaper - Paralympics Zeitung.

The Vancouver team includes five students from Kitsilano, two from Eric Hamber and one each from David Thompson and Lord Byng Secondary schools. The students will host eight German high school students during the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from March 12-21, 2010 and work with them. In cooperation, the Canadian-German editor-team will create the newspaper. The publication has both, a Canadian and a German part and articles will be written in English, French and German. "This project is a great example of the Olympic and Paralympic spirit of friendship and international cooperation, and it's great to see talented students from two countries teaming up to make this happen," said Vancouver Deputy Mayor George Chow.

The students' articles will reach a broad readership as the publication will be distributed to selected recipients in the host city and in Germany, as well as to the members of the European Parliament and the German Parliament. "Thanks to our media-partner and publisher "Der Tagesspiegel", parts of the paper will be an insert to mayor German newspapers totalling a print run of over 1 Million. Especially in Germany, that's an exceptional coverage and great news for the visibility of the Paralympics." explains Gregor Doepke, head of communications of the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV) /

German Social Accident Insurance. The DGUV initiated and supports the project since the Athens Games in 2004.

The Canadian and the German Paralympic Committee are partners of this newspaper project. "A Paralympic Games on home soil is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Paralympic Movement in Canada, as well as young people across the country to learn about the incredible talent of our Paralympic champions. We are very excited to be working with the Paralympics Zeitung team to help these student journalists to tell the stories of Team Canada and the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games." says Carla Qualtrough, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "It is delightful to see our talented young people work together with high spirits and great enthusiasm to bring forward ideas." Says Friedhelm Julius Beucher, President of the German Paralympic Committee.

The selected Vancouver students are:
Cameron Farnden (17 years) from Kitsilano Secondary School
Zaga Gubash (16 years), from Kitsilano Secondary School
Stephanie Gustin (16 years), Lord Byng Secondary School
Priscilla Korompis (15 years), Kitsilano Secondary
Tamara Morrison (16 years), Eric Hamber Secondary School
Florence Ng (16 years), David Thompson Secondary School
Anais West (16 years), Kitsilano Secondary School
Veronique West (16 years), Kitsilano Secondary School
Angela Yang (16 years), David Thompson Secondary School

The selected German students are:

Leonie Arzberger (18 years), Haag an der Amper, Dom-Gymnasium-Freising
Anne Balzer (18 years), Forst (Lausitz), Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Gymnasium
Franziska Ehlert (18 years), Henningsdorf, Alexander-Puschkin-Gymnasium
Tassilo Hummel (17 years), Neckargemuend, Gymnasium-Neckargemuend
Elisa Kremerskothen (17 years), Berlin, Bertha-von-Suttner-Gymnasium
Raphael Menke (18 years), Trier, Auguste-Viktoria-Gymnasium
Heiko Moeckl (17 years), Uhldingen-Muehlhoffen,Droste-Huelshoff-Gymnasium-Meersburg
Annemieke Overweg (17 years), Uelzen, Lessing-Gymnasium

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Initiated and with the support of the Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV) / German Social Accident Insurance the first Paralympics Zeitung appeared at the Paralympics in Athens 2004. The project's idea is that German high school students together with students from the host country of the Paralympics make up the international editor-team and create the newspaper. The publication appears in Germany as well as in the host city. Media partner is the German daily newspaper "Der Tagesspiegel". The Paralympics Zeitung Torino 2006 was awarded the European Language Label by the European Commission. The Paralympics Zeitung in Beijing 2008 was published in the host city in both languages, Chinese and German.

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