Canadian Olympic Committee Welcomes Gary Lunn as Minister of State for Sport



    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) welcomes
yesterday's appointment of Gary Lunn as Minister of State for Sport, in one of
the most important periods ever for Canadian sport with the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games fewer than 16 months away - and a bid for
the 2015 Pan American Games underway.
    "The Canadian Olympic Committee remains committed to working with the
federal government and Minister Lunn as a full partner with the goal of
advancing the sport movement in Canada," said Chris Rudge, COC Chief Executive
Officer and Secretary General.
    Officials with Canadian Heritage have confirmed that Minister Lunn's
responsibilities will include the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games.
    "We have worked closely with Prime Minister Harper's government and other
partners to develop the Own the Podium 2010 and Road to Excellence programs,
which are a significant boost to the efforts of our athletes," Rudge said. "We
look forward to working with Minister Lunn in building towards success at the
Games in Vancouver and Whistler."
    The Canadian sport system is progressively evolving at an accelerated
rate. The recent successes in Beijing and anticipated podium results from
Vancouver mark a distinct trajectory toward future Canadian success in high
performance sport.
    "We would also like to extend our appreciation to the Honourable Helena
Guergis for nearly two years of support and leadership in recognizing the
needs of sport, particularly summer sport," Rudge said. "That was reflected in
the increased funding for the Road to Excellence program provided by this
year's federal budget."

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Steve Keogh, Director, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 806-3949, Email:
skeogh@olympic.ca

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