Deloitte Celebrates Canada's Athletes in Rio

Canadians and Deloitte come together in support of Canada's performance on the world stage 

TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Celebrating the first week of inspiring performances and wins at the Rio Olympics, Deloitte Canada is proud to bring together all Canadians in support of Canada's athletes. Last week, Deloitte announced its commitment as a presenting partner of the Canadian Olympic Foundation's Help Build an Olympian program. Help Build an OlympianPowered by Deloitte is a nation-wide corporate giving initiative that raises funds for Canadian athletes to help them access tools and training needed to become the best of the best, and compete in future Olympic Games.

"As Canadians, we all share the responsibility to support our athletes long after Rio," said Duncan Sinclair, Vice-Chair, Deloitte Canada. "The money we raise through Help Build an Olympian is a tangible way for corporate Canada to play a role. This is an opportunity for us to rally behind the Canadian athletes currently competing, and the thousands more aspiring to be just like them one day."

As firm believers in the power and importance of sport excellence, Deloitte and the Canadian Olympic Committee have partnered through to 2032 with the goal of supporting Canadian athletes' journeys with both Help Build an Olympian and Game Plan – a high performance athlete wellness and transition program aimed at giving Canadian athletes new skills to pursue a career beyond their years as a professional athlete.

Fueling the Olympic journey involves more than just dedication, talent and hard work. The financial commitment to make it all the way to the top is substantial and for some athletes, the burden is too great and they are forced to end their careers early. Driven by the commitment to support Canadian athletes, Deloitte understands that champions are not created overnight, but developed over time. This is why programs such as Help Build an Olympian and Game Plan are key to the success of our Olympians.

"Through Game Plan and now Help Build an Olympian, Deloitte is creating a meaningful impact on the lives of our top athletes – at every stage of their athletic career," said Leanne Nicolle, Executive Director, Canadian Olympic Foundation. "On behalf of Canada's present and future Olympians, we thank Deloitte for their continued dedication to high-performance sport."

Among many organizations that support athletics in Canada, the COF is unique in transforming and shaping Canada through sport. As the official charity representing the Canadian Olympic Movement, the COF operates with the vision to inspire Canadians, athletes and other stakeholders to support the sport system in Canada so that our athletes reach the podium at the Olympic Games.  Deloitte embraces the same commitment and passion for our athletes and sport merit in Canada.

For more information on Help Build an Olympian, please visit: www.HelpBuildAnOlympian.ca

For more information on Game Plan, please visit: www.mygameplan.ca

About the Canadian Olympic Foundation

Established in 2007, the Canadian Olympic Foundation gives to priority partners that drive high performance athletic achievement for Canada's Olympic podium potentials and for our next generation of Olympic athletes. Learn more at olympicfoundation.ca or follow Canadian Olympic Foundation on Facebook.

About Deloitte

Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

SOURCE Deloitte

For further information: Caitlin Stidwill, Deloitte, 416-775-7144, cstidwill@deloitte.ca; Suzanne Diab, NATIONAL Public Relations, 416-848-1399, sdiab@national.ca; Jessie Barrett, Canadian Olympic Foundation, jbarrett@olympic.ca


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