Canadian Olympian Charmaine Crooks Elected Vice President of World Olympians Association



    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
congratulates five-time Olympian and COC Executive Committee member Charmaine
Crooks of Vancouver, who was elected to a four-year term as Vice President of
the World Olympians Association (WOA) on the weekend. Crooks also serves as
President of Olympians Canada.
    "I am pleased to have been elected to this important position within the
Olympic Movement by my peers of retired Olympians," said Crooks, a silver
medallist in the 4X400-metre relay at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
"I am committed to working with the World Olympians Association and the
100,000 known Olympians around the world to further the Olympic values through
educational and humanitarian programs."
    The 4th General Assembly of the WOA, which is held every four years, took
place at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the election taking
place on Saturday.
    United States candidate and 1968 Olympic gold medallist Dick Fosbury, who
revolutionized the high jump with his famous "Fosbury Flop" technique, was
elected President of the WOA. Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria, a two-time
Olympic medallist in the high jump, will serve as a Vice President along with
Crooks.
    The 4th General Assembly brought together 130 Olympians from 112
different countries to mark the 12th anniversary of the organization. The
other Canadian delegate onsite was Jacques Cardyn of Montreal, a 1984 Olympian
in fencing and recent Assistant Chef de Mission of the Canadian team that
competed at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July.
    More information on the WOA is available at www.woaolympians.com. More
information on Olympians Canada is available at
www.olympic.ca/EN/athletes/tc/olympians/index.shtml.

    The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means. For more information, see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.





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