Canadian McDonald's(R) Champion Kids bring a taste of Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games to Beijing



    Champion Kids from China and Canada celebrate transition to the
    Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with friendly game of shinny

    BEIJING, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The uniting power of sport was on full display
today at Canada Olympic House where Chinese and Canadian McDonald's Champion
Kids were on-hand for a special gathering to celebrate the transition to the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
    The McDonald's Champion Kids, with Canadian diver and three-time Olympian
Alexandre Despatie in attendance, marked the occasion with a traditional
Chinese gift exchange followed by a game of street hockey.
    "It's always special to see kids from different countries come together
and we're thrilled to give everyone a taste of our Canadian hospitality as we
prepare to host the world in 2010," said John Betts, President, McDonald's
Canada. "This event is a great example of the unique opportunities that the
McDonald's Champion Kids program provides and I'm sure our two Canadian
ambassadors will bring that Olympic spirit back home, along with lasting
memories of this once-in-a-lifetime trip."
    Emily Bulten of Cambridge, Ontario and Max Newton of Vancouver, BC
arrived in China Monday as part of the McDonald's Champion Kids program.
Throughout their time in Beijing, they will have the chance to experience the
Games, meet athletes, visit cultural sites and interact with other kids from
around the world.
    "I am so excited to finally be here in Beijing and to have the chance to
be at the Olympic Games," said Max Newton, a Grade 5 student at Queen Victoria
Annex in Vancouver. "I'm proud to represent Canada and show the Chinese
Champion Kids the type of atmosphere and fun they can expect when the Games
come to Vancouver."
    Max and Emily were chosen based on their commitment to fitness and a
balanced active lifestyle, for demonstrating leadership among their peers and
for participating in a variety of extracurricular activities. The selection
committee included Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie, who is representing
Canada in the 3-metre individual and synchronized diving events.
    "Meeting Max and Emily and experiencing the Games through their eyes is
so rewarding," said Despatie. "Today's event further strengthens the Olympic
spirit in kids around the world and highlights how excited everyone is about
the Games coming back to Canada."
    The Canadian McDonald's Champion Kids were selected through the Go
Active!(R) Fitness Challenge, which is a school-based fitness program
presented by McDonald's Canada with support from the Canadian Olympic
Committee. Inspired by the Canadian Fitness Awards, the program is designed to
promote physical activity among students. Teachers who registered their class
in the program at www.fitnesschallenge.ca were encouraged to nominate
participating students between the ages of 8 to 12 (as of July 1, 2008) for
the McDonald's Champion Kids program.

    About McDonald's and the Olympic Games

    McDonald's commitment to the Olympic Movement began in 1968, when the
company airlifted hamburgers to U.S. athletes in Grenoble, France. Since then,
McDonald's has served its menu of choice and variety to millions of athletes,
their families and their fans. This summer's Olympic Games in Beijing mark
McDonald's sixth Olympic Games as a TOP Global Sponsor and its seventh as the
Official Restaurant of the Olympic Games. McDonald's sponsorship will continue
through the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    About McDonald's Canada
    McDonald's is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald's
Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and operate
more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 77,000 Canadians coast to
coast. Approximately 70 per cent of McDonald's Canadian restaurants are
locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. For more information
about McDonald's Canada, visit the company's web site at www.mcdonalds.ca.

    
    For more information, high-res images and b-roll:
    FTP Link: ftp://McDonaldsCanada:Olympics@nyc-ftp.interpublic.com
    Username: McDonaldsCanada
    Password: Olympics


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