CP Spirit Train challenges Ontarians to help Canadian Athletes get to the podium in 2010



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian Pacific (CP) Spirit Train is
challenging Ontarians to show their enthusiasm and passion for Canadian
athletes, helping them boost their current second place standing
internationally to first by the time the 2010 Games arrive.
    "Truth is, our Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes are well on their
way to success in 2010 and more Canadians need to recognize this," says Paul
Rosen, Sledge Hockey gold medalist and ambassador for the Canadian Pacific
Spirit Train. Rosen is touring with the CP Spirit Train, sharing his inspiring
story and 2010 gold medal hopes with thousands of Canadians.
    The Spirit Train's mandate aligns well with the sentiment of Canadians.
In a survey conducted by the NRG Research Group in 2006, 69% of Canadians say
that it is important for Canada to be the top medal finisher at the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Winter Games. Canadians surveyed cited international recognition
and national pride most often.
    Among the contending nations for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Canada
finished second with 184 World Cup medals at the conclusion of the 2007/2008
winter season according to recent research conducted by Own the Podium, an
organization promoting and tracking the success of Canadian athletes leading
up to 2010. More impressively, Paralympic athletes won an unprecedented
47 World Cup gold medals last season, propelling them into first place among
winter Paralympic sport nations.
    "Ontario should take advantage of the Spirit Train program to push our
athletes onto the podium," added Rosen. "Come to the event, meet your
favourite sports heroes, and tell them in person what you will do to get them
to the medal podium."
    Helping with the heroes' celebration, each day-long event includes the
Vancouver 2010 Games mascots, interactive sports displays, Aboriginal
Celebrations, a one-hour performance showcasing Aboriginal talent from across
Canada and the music of rock superstar, Colin James.
    Best of all it's all free. The CP Spirit Train will be in Sudbury on
Oct 11, Mississauga on Oct 13, and Smiths Falls on Oct 16 before ending its
journey in Montreal on Oct 18.
    Complete details on athlete appearances, prizes and Canadian talent
performing at each of the CP Spirit Train events is available at
www.CPSpiritTrain.com

    About the CP Spirit Train:

    The Canadian Pacific Spirit Train is moving the Olympic spirit across
Canada with the support of great Olympic partners such as the Vancouver
Organizing Committee, General Electric, Rona, Panasonic, Hain Celestial and
3M Canada. These great CP Spirit Train partners, and sponsors of the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, are enhancing the CP Spirit Train
experience with their ideas, programs, athletes, products and services.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Breanne Feigel, Manager, Media
Relations, Canadian Pacific, (403) 589-6949, breanne_feigel@cpr.ca


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