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UMFK to host informational breakfast on upcoming IPC World Championships

February 4, 2005

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Individuals interested in learning about the upcoming International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Championships in Fort Kent, will have the opportunity to hear details from event organizers at a University of Maine at Fort Kent sponsored informational breakfast on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 a.m. in Nowland Hall.

The breakfast will mark the first public informational session on the event, which is scheduled for March 9 through 21.

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

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

The UMFK sponsored breakfast is part of the university's partnership with organizers of the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, which was announced January 31.

The IPC World Championships comes a year after the Fort Kent community hosted the 2004 Biathlon World Cup competitions, during which UMFK also partnered with the community to stage the successful 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.

Tickets are $7 each and 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.