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Canadian Paralympic Committee's New Spots Promotes Rare Athletic Ability

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'Greatness Deserves to Be Seen' campaign was created by BBDO Toronto and features the remarkable talents of Canadian paralympians

Canadian Paralympic Committee's New Spots Promotes Rare Athletic Ability

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) launches innovative digital strategy by giving Canadians the opportunity to become its broadcast partner for 10 days in March to share the extraordinary achievements of Canada’s Paralympic athletes during the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games.

As part of its “Greatness is Rare” brand campaign, the CPC is inviting Canadians to use Facebook or Twitter to “broadcast” the coverage of the Games to friends and family via social media platforms.

On the microsite, people can select the events they wish to broadcast via Facebook or Twitter. When the event begins, a livestream is automatically posted to the user’s feed for their followers to see, as if they are the broadcaster.

“Paralympians are extraordinary athletes with unique skills and capabilities,” said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Brand, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “Few people know what it feels like to compete on the world stage in sport or win medals for Canada, which makes our athletes truly rare.

“Canadians are indicating they want to support our Paralympians and watch the Games, and we would like to let everyone know they will be able to witness every minute of action from PyeongChang. Through our media consortium, including traditional broadcast, live streaming, and live coverage on social platforms, it will be easier than ever to follow the Canadian Paralympic Team.”

New research from Ipsos suggests that 60% of Canadians plan to engage with the Paralympic Winter Games in some manner, led by conventional TV (50%) and online (17%). The CPC hopes that by inviting Canadians to become broadcasters of the Games on, the online engagement statistics will be exceeded and more Canadians will get to see these amazing athletes compete.

Viewership for the Paralympic Games typically does not reach the heights of its Olympic counterpart, but the campaign, from agency partner BBDO Toronto, argues that Canada’s Paralympians deserve just as much attention and support.  

To promote the campaign, a series of spots featuring wheelchair curler Ina Forrest, Para alpine skier Mac Marcoux, and captain of the Para ice hockey team, Greg Westlake, demonstrate the remarkable talents of Canadian Paralympians.

The spots use data to show how many Canadians participate in sports such as hockey (4.4%) or curling (0.9%). They then contrast that with how many play hockey on a sledge and become Paralympic champions (0.000053%) or curl in a wheelchair and win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals (0.0000106%).

One 15-second spot featuring all three Paralympic athletes tells audiences that such “Greatness deserves to be seen” and informs viewers that they can broadcast the Paralympic Games live from their social feeds.

“For any athlete to be recognised as their country’s most elite is a rare feat, but what these athletes have achieved is very rare, truly special and something that shouldn’t go uncelebrated,” says Todd Mackie, chief creative officer for BBDO Toronto.

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games run from March 9 to March 18. To learn more about the Canadian Paralympic Committee, please visit

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Advertiser: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Director of Communications and Marketing: Martin Richard

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Connor Fisher

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: BBDO Toronto

Chief Creative Officer: Todd Mackie, Denise Rossetto

Group Account Directors: Rebecca Flaman (VP), Tania Montemarano

Agency Production: Julie Lapre (French)

Head of Broadcast: Beatrice Bodogh

Community Management: Scott Douglas

Head of Account Management: Andrea Stranges

VP, Strategy: Tom Kenny

Associate Creative Director: Matt Hubbard, Mike Schonberger (Art Director)

Digital Agency

QA: Della Lytle

Digital Production Company

App/Digital Production: development team

Project Manager: Melissa Hadley, Jason Dick

UI Design: Trevor Shaikin (IA/UX)

Developers: Douglas Glover, Jeff Sacco

CG Technical Director: Jeff Sangster (SVP)

Analytics : Arpan Rai

Production Company

Production Company: Asymetric

Director: Kacper Larski

DOP: Kiel Milligan

Line Producer: Kyle Hollett


Engineer: Vlad Nikolic

Music Production: Grayson Matthews


Edit Company: Married To Giants

Editor: Monica Remba

Online Editor: David Whiteson @ Alter Ego

Genres: Choreography, People

Categories: Associations, Corporate, Social and PSAs

BBDO Toronto, Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:40:55 GMT