20 September 2001

'Round the World Challenge Thunder Bay visit September 21: First Stop in Ontario

The 18-country 'Round the World Challenge in support of spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation arrives in Thunder Bay on Friday, September 21, 2001. Highlights of the stopover include an official welcome by the City of Thunder Bay, the Canadian Paraplegic Association and St. Joseph's Care Group. Mike Nemesvary, a 40-year-old former World Cup freestyle skiing champion and movie stuntman, who is paralysed from the chest down, is well on his way to becoming the first quadriplegic to drive around the world unassisted.

NOTE: Media interviews are now being booked.

Friday, September 21, 2001

WHAT: Mike Nemesvary and the 'Round the World Challenge' Team officially welcomed to Thunder Bay by Carl White, President of St. Joseph's Care Group and the Canadian Paraplegic Association. Press conference and video presentation followed by reception.

WHERE: St. Joseph's Hospital
35 North Algoma Street
3rd Floor Centre Dining Room
Thunder Bay, Ontario

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 21, 2001

WHO: Mike Nemesvary, 'Round the World Challenge
Lynn Peterson, Representing City of Thunder Bay
Trish Nelson, Manager Neuro-Locomotor Services
Dr. John Hargadon, Physician-Advisor Rehabilitation

For a detailed international itinerary and backgrounder or to make a donation, visit the 'Round the World Challenge Web site (


Further information:

Sharron Owen
Manager Community Relations
St. Joseph's Care Group

Janet Casselman
Communications Manager
‘Round the World Challenge
(cellular: 613-261-4605)