Canadian Olympic Committee Strengthens Partnership with Gold Medal Plates Events with Unprecedented Support for Canadian Athletes

VANCOUVER, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee is proud to partner for another year of successful Gold Medal Plates fundraising events. The Westin Bayshore will play host to this year's event in Vancouver tonight.

"Gold Medal Plates has been an outstanding success," said COC President Marcel Aubut. "The money raised by these events will help prepare our Canadian athletes for London 2012, just as it helped our athletes in Vancouver in 2010."

Some of the athletes attending the Vancouver event include: Olympic medallists Ashleigh McIvor (Ski Cross), Simon Whitfield (Triathlon), Adam Kreek (Rowing) and Steve Podborski (Alpine Skiing), among others.

At least, $1 million of the revenues generated from GMP events across Canada will help prepare our Canadian athletes for London 2012 and subsequent Olympic Games through high performance programs such as Own The Podium.

Proceeds from Gold Medal Plates go to the Canadian Olympic Foundation, supporting programs that further Canadian high performance athletes' pursuit of excellence on the world stage - programs like Own The Podium and the COC's Athlete Excellence Fund. Gold Medal Plates has generated a total of $5 million for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes since 2004.

Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in food, wine, athletic achievement and entertainment. Each Gold Medal Plates event will feature superb wines and the premier chefs in each city, in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city.

The chefs competing for top prize in Vancouver are Ned Bell (YEW restaurant + bar & Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver), Rod Butters (RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna), Lee Cooper (L'Abattoir Restaurant), Tim Cuff (Aura, Whistler), Rob Feenie (Cactus Club Restaurants), Mark Filatow (Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar, Kelowna), Dale MacKay (ensemble Restaurant), Alana Peckham (CRU), Adam Pegg (La Quercia), Neil Taylor (Cibo Trattoria), Joël Watanabe (Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie).

The competition comes to a head at the Canadian Culinary Championships, where the nine winners will compete for the ultimate prize February 10th and 11th, 2012, in Kamloops, B.C.

The theme for this year's events will be "London Calls: Canada Will Answer," referencing next year's Olympic Games in London, England.

About the Canadian Olympic Foundation
The Canadian Olympic Foundation is a national charitable organization that generates support to meet the technical, scientific, medical and coaching needs of Canada's athletes across all Olympic sports. The Foundation is supported by corporate partners, private donors and funds raised by programs like the Red Mittens campaign and Gold Medal Plates. For further information, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/canadianolympicteam and follow us on Twitter at @CDNOlympicTeam.

The 2011 Gold Medal Plates Competition
Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment and athletic achievement. Celebrated in nine cities across Canada in 2011, Gold Medal Plates features superb wines and the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation-wide. Founded in 2003, the goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada's high performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, this event has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and generated a combined net total of over $5 million for Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes! For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website www.goldmedalplates.com.

SOURCE COC

For further information:

Dimitri Soudas, Executive Director, Communications, Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel.: (416) 324-4136, Email: dsoudas@olympic.ca

Greg Descantes, Gold Medal Plates
Tel.: (604) 646-3564, Email: Greg@Pacegroup.com

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