TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) today
announced that Olympians Alexandra Orlando and Anthony Wright have been
selected to attend the 2009 International Olympic Academy (IOA). The 49th
International Session for Young Participants begins June 10 and runs until
June 24 in Olympia, Greece.
Both 2008 Olympians and 2007 Pan American gold medallists, Orlando and
Wright have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the Olympic Movement in
Canada and sport overall. Having achieved great success in international
competition, they are also actively engaged in promoting sport and the Olympic
values across Canada in volunteer capacities.
A rhythmic gymnast, Orlando was ranked as high as eighth in the world in
the months before competing at the Beijing Olympic Games. That is a position
few athletes in North or South America have ever achieved in a sport long
dominated by Europeans. She captured three gold medals at the 2007 Pan
American Games and six gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games - carrying
Canada's flag at the Closing Ceremony of both Games.
Her credentials outside of competition are of impressive length. An
independent consultant for Canada's rhythmic gymnasts, Orlando is a board
member and athlete representative of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Bid Committee,
AthletesCAN and Gymnastics Canada. She travels to most 2015 Pan Am bid events,
was spokesperson for Active Healthy Kids Canada, lobbied the Harper government
with the COC for more funding for summer sports, performed for the Canadian
Commonwealth Games Committee and represented athletes at the 2006 press
conference of Canadian sport ministers, among many other sport-related
Wright has played for Canada's national field hockey team since 2005. At
the 2007 Pan American Games, he was part of one of the most dramatic moments
for Canada when the team defeated the favoured, defending champion Argentina
in an overtime shootout. The gold medal also qualified Canada for the 2008
Olympic Games, where the team finished 10th. In so doing, Wright became the
fourth member of his family to represent Canada at an Olympic Games.
Wright is an RBC Olympian and a member of the COC's Adopt an Athlete
program. He has been a board member of BC Athlete Voice, a member of the UBC
Thunderbird Athlete Council and both a participant and later a guest speaker
at the Olympic Academy of Canada.
The aim of the IOA is to create an international cultural centre in
Olympia, to preserve and spread the Olympic Spirit, and to study and implement
the educational and social principles of Olympism. The special topic for this
year's academy is "The Olympic Games as a Celebration: Evaluation of the
Olympic Games of Beijing and the Course towards the Olympic Games of
Vancouver". More information on the IOA can be found at www.ioa-sessions.org.
About the Canadian Olympic Committee
The COC 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 redeveloped website: www.olympic.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Isabelle Hodge, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4122, Cell: (416) 806-4342,