OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Twenty doctors from across Canada are trading in their stethoscopes and white coats for sneakers and mittens as they will carry the Olympic Torch on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) December 14 in Cornwall, Ontario.
These doctors were selected based on their commitment to inspire and encourage those in their home communities to embrace physical activity as part of their daily lives.
Chosen from among more than 450 doctors nominated by their colleagues, these doctors truly "walk the walk" when it comes to demonstrating the lifelong importance of physical fitness. The CMA sought the nominations from CMA members after receiving an invitation from Coca-Cola Ltd., one of the official Olympic Torch Relay sponsors.
CMA President, Dr. Anne Doig, was among those selected to carry the torch. A strong supporter of competitive swimming as both an athlete and an official, Dr. Doig says "I will be leading by example, and I will be one small link in a very big chain." She adds, "in other words, if every one of us does one tiny little thing, big things can happen."
Another torchbearer, Dr. Louis-Michel Elie of Montreal, certainly met the fitness criterion sought by Relay organizers and the CMA: he is a triathlete with a black belt in karate. "Carrying the Torch on behalf of the CMA is a unique opportunity," he explains. "As a physician and Canadian, it is a way for me to associate Olympic values with physical activity, which is important for both physical and mental health."
Bios and photos of the CMA group of Olympic Torchbearers are available at cma.ca/olympicflame.
The CMA group of Olympic Torchbearers will be carrying the flame:
Date: Dec. 14, 2009
Time: 1p.m. (Eastern time)
Place: Cornwall Civic Complex, 100 Water St. E, Cornwall, Ontario
SOURCE Canadian Medical Association
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