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

ST. JOHN’S, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee is proud to partner for another year of successful Gold Medal Plates fundraising events. The St. John's Convention Centre will play host to this year's event in St. John's 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 St. John's event include: Sami Jo Small (Hockey), Tania Vicent (Short Track Speed Skating), Deidra Dionne (Freestyle Skiing) and Billy Bridges (Sledge Hockey).

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 St. John's are Mike Barsky (Bacalao), Chris Chafe (Magnum & Steins), Adam Gollop (The Cellar), Shaun Hussey (Chinched Bistro), Tak Ishiwata (Basho), Roary MacPherson (Oppidan), Mark McCrowe (Aqua Kitchen | Bar) and Tony Velinov (Bistro Sofia).

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 Committee
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, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means. For news and information, visit the COC website at www.olympic.ca and find the team on both Facebook (Canadian Olympic Team) and Twitter (@CDNOlympicTeam).

SOURCE COC

For further information:

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

Mark McCarthy, Gold Medal Plates
Tel: (709) 579-4444, Email: stjohns@goldmedalplates.com

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