Thibodeau to present details on upcoming IPC World Championships at UMFK community breakfast

February 4, 2005
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Nancy Thibodeau, event director for the upcoming International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Championships, which will be held in Fort Kent March 12 through 20, will discuss organizational plans for the major event at a community information breakfast on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 a.m. in Nowland Hall on the UMFK campus.

Tickets for the breakfast, sponsored by the University of Maine at Fort Kent, are $7 and are available through the university relations office in the Madawaska Alumni House through Friday, February 11.

Thibodeau will provide details on the competitions, athletes, related events, organizational committee, need for volunteers and other information that people will need to know.

She will also address how Fort Kent and the surrounding St. John Valley community will again be transformed into an international sporting event destination.

In her role as event director Thibodeau is responsible for directing and managing all aspects of event planning, programming and execution. She is also the official community liaison with the IPC committee and person responsible for ensuring all IPC standards are met.

Last year, Thibodeau served as assistant event manager for the very successful IBU Biathlon World Cup held at the Maine Winter Sports Center venue and in the surrounding St. John Valley community.

In addition to her work in the management of winter sports events, Thibodeau has held a number of professional positions in the healthcare industry.

She is married to Jim Thibodeau of Fort Kent. The couple has two children Renee, 20 and Paul, 18.

The UMFK sponsored breakfast is part of the university's partnership with organizers of the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships.

UMFK entered into a similar agreement with the community to stage the successful Biathlon World Cup event and held a similar informational breakfast leading up to that event.

IPC Nordic skiing competitions are open to athletes with a physical disability (sit-ski and standing classes) and visually impaired athletes, who compete with a sighted guide. The competition involves two disciplines, cross-country and biathlon. Male and female individuals may compete in short distance, middle distance, long distance and Biathlon events or participate in a team relay using classical or free techniques.

The University's IPC Nordic Skiing World Championship community information breakfast is open to the public, however, tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information or for tickets, visit the University's Madawaska Alumni House on Pleasant Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or call (207) 834-7557.