Olympic & World Champion Speed Skater to cheer on Canada's athletes at
2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of
TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Olympic and World Champion Speed Skater
Catriona Le May Doan has been named Honourary Coach of Canada's Special
Olympics team, currently preparing to compete at the 2013 Special
Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea in January.
"I have been fortunate to win many titles, but this one is very, very
close to my heart," said Le May Doan, "I just got back from visiting
with Special Olympics Team Canada's snowshoeing, alpine and
cross-country ski teams at their training camp in Canmore, Alberta, and
I'm every bit as excited about the upcoming Special Olympics World
Winter Games as they are!"
"Catriona has been a stalwart supporter of Special Olympics Canada for
many years, mentoring and inspiring our athletes to achieve their true
potential. To have her as our Honourary Coach is an absolutely perfect
fit," said Sharon Bollenbach, Senior Vice President, Sport & Strategic
Initiatives, Special Olympics Canada.
Le May Doan will be part of the Special Olympics Team Canada send-off in
Vancouver on January 24, and will travel to South Korea for the 2013
Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang.
The games run from January 29 to February 5, and will be the world's
largest sporting event in 2013 and second only in size to the Olympic
Games. Special Olympics Canada is sending a 146 member contingent of
athletes, coaches and mission staff. Special Olympics Team Canada
athletes will compete in alpine and cross-country skiing, figure
skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating.
ABOUT CATRIONA LE MAY DOAN
Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the
Canadian flag into the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies
(her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold
medal performance in the 500 metre event, becoming the only Canadian
individual to defend a gold medal at any Olympic Games. She held the
World Record in the 500m for 10 years and still currently holds the Olympic Record.
During her career Catriona broke 13 World Records. Catriona served as
the colour commentator for the CTV television broadcast of long track
speed skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, which earned
her a Gemini for Best Sports Analyst and was co-host of CTV's Olympic
Morning at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Catriona is an Officer
of the Order of Canada.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS CANADA
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement
is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual
disability through sport. Operating out of sport clubs in all Canadian
provinces and territories, except Nunavut, this grassroots movement
reaches beyond the sphere of sports to empower individuals, change
attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults,
more than 35,000 children, youth and adults with an intellectual
disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs
across Canada, and they are supported by more than 17,100 volunteers,
including more than 13,500 trained coaches.
For more information, visit www.specialolympics.ca or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).
SOURCE: Special Olympics Canada
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