Gateway Public School Awarded Canadian Olympic School Program Grand Prize



    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Premier
National Partner, RBC and RBC Olympian Sami Jo Small presented Health and
Physical Education Chair Zenab Khan and the Grade 4 students of Gateway Public
School today with the grand prize of the Canadian Olympic School Program.
    As one of the eight grand prize winners, Gateway Public School received
an Olympic-themed sports kit, courtesy of RBC. The sports kit includes an
array of sports equipment such as basketballs, soccer and volleyballs, hockey
sticks, pucks and much more. In addition, the kit provides the grand prize
winners with 12 gold medals, 12 scrimmage vests and an Olympic Games banner.
    "All 1,000 Gateway students will be able to enjoy the equipment," said
Khan. "The sports kit will be a welcomed complement to our existing gym
equipment - especially the parachute which is great for team-based
activities."
    Presented by RBC and available online at www.olympicschool.ca, the
Canadian Olympic School Program is a free online teaching resource that offers
engaging information about the Olympic Games and Canadian athletes as a tool
to educate, motivate and inspire students to become Smarter, Better and
Stronger. Developed in cooperation with teachers from across Canada, the
program is designed to promote Olympic values and the importance of health and
physical activity.
    To enter the contest, teachers were asked to submit an entry form
outlining how they planned to use the Canadian Olympic School Program in their
classroom. On May 8, a total of eight grand prize winners were randomly
selected in regions throughout Canada.
    "I know the students of Gateway Public School will really enjoy the new
sports equipment kit," said Small, RBC Olympian, two-time Olympic gold
medalist and four-time World Champion. "It's a great way to get involved, get
active and stay excited about physical activity."
    Now in its 20th year, the Canadian Olympic School Program links stories
about Canadian Olympians and Olympic hopefuls from various sports into lesson
plans and adaptable classroom-ready activities in the areas of physical
education, health, nutrition, reading, language and social studies for
students in Grades 4 to 6.
    Using Olympic sports and RBC Olympians as inspiration, this year's
program added three new units that were designed to reinforce the importance
of staying active and maintaining a healthy diet. The new units focused on
physical education, reading comprehension skills and nutrition.
    "The Canadian Olympic School Program is designed to make learning fun by
engaging students in sports and the Olympic Movement," said COC Director,
Athlete and Community Relations Marc Gélinas. "Through the support of RBC,
this program continues to serve as a valuable learning tool for over 11,000
teachers across Canada."

    The Canadian Olympic Committee 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 website: www.olympic.ca.

    RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities
to national sport associations that support the development of amateur
athletes who compete at home and abroad. RBC has sponsored the Canadian
Olympic Committee since 1947, making it Canada's longest-standing supporter of
the Canadian Olympic Team. RBC continues this sponsorship through the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. RBC is also a Premier
Sponsor of Hockey Canada, the Canadian Snowboard Team, the Canadian Freestyle
Ski Team, Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.




For further information:

For further information: Eric Michalko, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 528-6742,
Email: emichalko@olympic.ca; Alexis Mantell, RBC Communications Manager,
Greater Toronto Region, Phone: (416) 974-4796, Email: alexis.mantell@rbc.com

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