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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Wendy's and TSN announce this years Candian Football League $1 million kick to win contestant

Will a 43-year-old soccer enthusiast from PortRobinson, Ont. be able to follow in Brian Diesbourg's million-dollarfootsteps? TSN today announced that IT Support Specialist Bill Szijarto willget the once-in-a-lifetime chance to kick a 50-yard field goal for $1 millionon national television after being named this year's Wendy's Kick for aMillion participant. Szijarto's $1 million field-goal attempt will airOctober 20 during the Wendy's CFL on TSN: Friday Night Football halftime showfeaturing Saskatchewan @ Toronto. The announcement comes less than one year after Belle River, Ont.'s BrianDiesbourg - in one of the most dramatic and inspiring sports moments of 2005 -made headlines across North America by successfully splitting the uprights at50 yards to win $1 million. Szijarto's (pronounced see-JAR-toe) name was randomly drawn from1.5 million entries, seven times the number of entries over last year'sinaugural contest and far surpassing any previous contest/promotional campaignon TSN. Much like Diesbourg, Szijarto is an avid soccer enthusiast having playedthe game throughout high school. A self-described linebacker at 6'1",270 lbs., Szijarto continues to stay active by playing recreational soccer intwo leagues. "I have some big shoes to fill, but with all the support from my familyand friends, I feel good. Anxious, but good," said Szijarto. Media Note: High-resolution photography of Bill Szijarto is available Click on Photos/Logos, then 2006 Wendy's Kick for aMillion - Bill Szijarto. While last year's contest stipulations did not allow Diesbourg topractice on his own time, Szijarto is permitted to practice leading up to thebig event. Since being notified, Szijarto has purchased an official CFLfootball and is working to get his legs in game shape. Szijarto will get the opportunity to attempt field goals at differentdistances to win any combination of prizes along with the $1 million one-timepayout. Building on the success of last year's contest, this year's prizes aresubstantially bigger and better: << - 20 Yards - $10,000 travel voucher - 30 Yards - $15,000 Best Buy shopping spree - 40 Yards - 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche - 50 Yards - $1,000,000 in a one-time payout >> As part of the contest, Szijarto will also join Toronto Argonauts kickerNoel Prefontaine one day prior to the big event (October 19) for a one-hourtraining session to prepare for the following day's make-or-break field goalattempts. Wendy's International, Inc. is one of the world's largest restaurantoperating and franchising companies. Wendy's Restaurants of Canada has a totalof 381 restaurants in Canada. TSN is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcastingstandard, TSN's flagship news program, SportsCentre, was voted the number-onesource for sports news by sports fans from across the country.(*) TSN'scomprehensive broadcast schedule also features the NHL and first three roundsof the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple Leafs hockey; International Hockeyincluding the IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012;CFL including TSN Friday Night Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday NightFootball; PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors; Season of Champions Curling;NASCAR including the Daytona 500; Formula One including the Canadian GrandPrix; IRL including the Indy 500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball andthe NBA Finals; Tennis and all four Grand Slam events; UEFA Champions LeagueSoccer; HBO World Championship boxing; and Figure Skating including thenational championships. TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more hours andmore events in High Definition than any other network in Canada, reinforcingTSN's position as Canada's Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN is availablein eight million households. TSN's programming and news content is alsoavailable online at


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