24 September 2001

'Round the World Challenge Arrives in Sault Ste. Marie September 25, 2001

The 18-country 'Round the World Challenge in support of spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation arrives in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, September 25, 2001. Highlights of the stopover include an official welcome by the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the Province of Ontario and the Sault Area Hospitals. 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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

WHAT: Mike Nemesvary and the 'Round the World Challenge Team officially welcomed to Sault Ste. Marie by Mayor John Rowswell, Leah Bothwell from the MPP's Office, and Manu Malkani, President and CEO of Sault Area Hospitals. Press conference and video presentation followed by reception.

WHERE: Sault Area Hospitals
969 Queen Street East
General Hospital Boardroom
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2001

WHO: Mike Nemesvary, 'Round the World Challenge
City of Sault Ste. Marie Representative
Manu Malkani, President and CEO, Sault Area Hospitals
Leah Bothwell, Representing the Province of Ontario


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


Further information:

Rose Calibani
Public Affairs Department
Sault Area Hospitals

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