Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kawartha Komets Video is one of 6 Finalists

Tonight we learned that the Kawartha Komets video entry in the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Filmpossible Contest was voted on by the judges as one of the 6 finalists.  Wow!  Exciting news!

Now we just have to get the word out to all our family, friends, associates, schools, clubs, etc. and get YOU to vote...EVERY DAY.

Here is the PRESS RELEASE that we are sending out today:

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program’s video submission to the Filmpossible Contest sponsored by the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has been voted one of the six (6) finalists by the judging committee.  The entry is entitled Bringing Visibility to Disability.

The objective of the Contest, according to the Holland Bloorview web site, is “to increase awareness of and promote engagement with the issues of childhood disability and to encourage and celebrate those who advocate for childhood disability by sharing their stories.”

The Kawartha Komets submission centers around video footage shot by one of their coaches, Sean Quinlan, at the Special Hockey International Tournament in Boston in April. This entry was put together by videographer Carlo Raponi and includes commentary by Sean Quinlan and another Komets coach, Dale Lowe.

As seen on the video, one of the Komets’ players, Brandon Vansickle, placed the puck on the stick of a Steel City Icebergs (Pittsburgh) player, 5-year-old Nicole Mullins with multiple physical challenges, allowing her to skate down the ice in a special walker fashioned by her father.  Players from both teams watched as Nicole took a shot on the Komets goalie, Colin Gillis-Bateman, who plays without a goalie stick. Colin has cerebral palsy on one side of his body as a result of a stroke in utero.  Nicole scored her first-ever goal and the crowd went wild.

Voting on the six finalists begins today, August 24th, and runs for a week ending August 31st.  First prize is $5,000, the 2nd place winner receives $1,000 and 3rd prize is an Apple iPad 2.

You must register to vote and then you can log in EVERY DAY and vote for the Komets entry entitled “Bringing Visibility to Disability”.  Every member of the family can vote as long as they register and log in with their own e-mail address.

Please register, log in and vote on the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital web site at

Please forward this e-mail to everyone on your e-mail list and encourage them to REGISTER, LOG IN and VOTE.  THANK YOU!

THANK YOU everyone for helping to increase awareness of these very special athletes.  YOUR VOTE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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