Six Team Visa athletes join in celebrations of sport across Canada
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Visa announced today that it is joining
ParticipACTION as a proud sponsor of the second annual Sports Day in
Canada, taking place on September 17, 2011. Six Canadian Team Visa
athletes will be joining Sports Day in Canada events across the country
to celebrate sport and showcase the power of sport at all levels in
"As a longtime supporter of sport through our Team Visa program and our
sport sponsorships, Visa is thrilled to help ParticipACTION share the
enjoyment and passion of sport with all Canadians," said Brenda Woods,
Head of Marketing, Visa Canada. "We are proud to have our Team Visa
athletes join the celebration all across the country."
Participating Team Visa athletes include Nicole Forrester
(athletics/high jump), Karen Furneaux (kayaking) Emilie Heymans
(diving), Benoit Huot (swimming), Brian McKeever (para-nordic skiing)
and Richard Peter (wheelchair basketball). They will be joining groups
at sporting events in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Calgary and Prince
George to mark this year's Sports Day in Canada.
"Team Visa athletes are passionate about sport and actively involved in
their communities, so joining forces with Sports Day in Canada to
encourage Canadians to get involved in sport in their communities is a
natural fit for Visa", added Woods.
"ParticipACTION is proud to have Visa as an engaged and enthusiastic
sponsor for Sports Day in Canada, as we spread the message of the love
of sport and its benefits for Canadians," said Kelly Murumets,
President and CEO, ParticipACTION. "The Team Visa athletes certainly
inspire me, and I know they will inspire others to get involved in
celebrating sport this September."
Canadians can visit http://sportsday.cbc.ca/ to see videos and blog postings about the power of sport featuring Team
Visa athletes, and browse sport-related events taking place across the
country from September 10 to 17. Team Visa athletes will also be
featured in the Sports Day in Canada broadcast on CBC and SRC. Visa
Canada employees will also be joining the effort, celebrating Sports
Day in Canada by participating in Jersey Day on Friday, September 16.
About Team Visa
Team Visa is dedicated to supporting athletes as they prepare for one of
the greatest athletic challenges of their lives: competing at the
Olympic and Paralympic Games. Visa empowers athletes to achieve their
dreams by providing financial and emotional support and valuable
marketing exposure in pursuit of their Olympic and Paralympic goals.
Leading up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Visa will
support more than 50 individual athletes and national teams from more
than 20 countries, including Canada, the United States, Brazil, United
Kingdom, China, South Africa and Russia.
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers,
businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200
countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital
currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world's most
advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more
than 20,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for
consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and
does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for
consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial
institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with
debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For
more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.
SOURCE VISA Canada Corporation
For further information:
Carla Hindman, Visa Canada, 416-860-8869, firstname.lastname@example.org