TORONTO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ - Brian Diesbourg, a 25-year old mechanical
engineer and avid soccer player, has become Canada's next million-dollar
athlete by successfully kicking a 50-yard field goal - worth $1 million - as
part of the Wendy's Kick for a Million promotion. The event was televised live
on TSN (The Sports Network) last night (October 27) at halftime, during the
network's Canadian Football League (CFL) broadcast featuring Hamilton
Tiger-Cats @ Toronto Argonauts.
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"I still can't believe I made the kick. I have never been so nervous, but
I knew I had to stay focused on the uprights," said Diesbourg. "This truly is
the TSN Turning Point of my life!"
Diesbourg, who hails from Belle River in Ontario, attempted field goals
ranging in distance from 20 to 50 yards, with lucrative prizes awarded for
each successful kick. After Diesbourg barely missed splitting the uprights at
the 20, 30 and 40-yard lines and with the pressure on, he calmly stepped up
and made no mistake, successfully kicking from the 50-yard line for the grand
prize of $1 million.
"This entire promotion has been a tremendous success for everyone
involved. It's nice to see a young, enthusiastic, everyday CFL fan beat the
odds and win the million. I think we'll be seeing the kick on highlight reels
for years to come," said Phil King, President, TSN.
"What an incredible achievement and how proud Brian's family and
community must be at this moment. Wendy's is thrilled to present Brian with
this incredible grand prize," said Desmond Edwards, Wendy's Director of
Diesbourg's $1 million kick caps off the first ever Wendy's Kick for a
Million contest, which attracted nearly 200,000 entries.
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