Olympic, Paralympic Medallists Visit Armed Forces, Young Athletes & Child Patients
HALIFAX, April 11 /CNW/ - The first-ever Canadian Olympic & Paralympic
Heroes Tour presented by Atlantic Lottery launches this morning with a
very special visit to Halifax. Today, athletes celebrate heroism on a
national scale at Canadian Forces Base Halifax, on a regional scale
with a COLD-FX Performance Excellence Series, and on a personal scale
at a local children's hospital.
The Tour, featuring seven Olympic and two Paralympic medallists, begins
at CFB Halifax for a tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces. In so doing,
the tour unites two unique classes of Canadians - athletes and service
personnel - who proudly carry the nation's flag around the world.
"We are honoured to bring Olympians to CFB Halifax as a sign of deep
respect for their service," said Jean R. Dupré, Canadian Olympic
Committee CEO. "This is a shared celebration of excellence, patriotism
and perseverance with two groups of Canadians who put their heart and
soul into representing the country."
At noon, a special Cold-FX Performance Excellence Series luncheon will
be held at the Westin Nova Scotian. This outreach initiative has Tour
athletes pairing with Nova Scotia's Canada Games athletes to explore
what it takes to reach the Olympic level, and how the community and
corporations can support that journey.
The opening day of the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Heroes Tour
presented by Atlantic Lottery ends with a visit to the IWK Health
Center's Ronald McDonald Family Room. There, the Tour athletes will
spread Olympic spirit among the young patients, their families, and the
"I'm honoured to be here in Halifax as these visits really hit home for
me," said bobsledder David Bissett, a Tour athlete. "My
great-grandfather served in the First and Second World Wars, and my
wife back home is a nurse at the Children's Hospital. I hope our
actions today will make an impact on the incredible people we met."
About the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Heroes Tour presented by
The Tour features Olympic medallists Denny Morrison (speed skating),
Adam Kreek (rowing), Tania Vicent (short track speed skating), Kaillie
Humphries (bobsleigh), Heather Moyse (bobsleigh), David Bissett
(bobsleigh) and Chris Le Bihan (bobsleigh) and Paralympic medallists
Greg Westlake (sledge hockey) and David Eng (wheelchair basketball).
Across four days, they are touring the Atlantic provinces, spreading
Olympic spirit, inspiring personal excellence and celebrating not only
national and local heroes, but the everyday hero within us.
In Halifax, St. John's, Charlottetown, Summerside and Moncton, the Tour
connects Olympians and Paralympians with students, community leaders,
children in hospitals, members of the Canadian Forces and fans of the
Canadian Olympic Team alike. It acts as a lead-in to the 2011 Canadian
Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremony presented by
Procter & Gamble on April 16 in Moncton.
About the Canadian Olympic Committee
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, Youth Olympic and Pan American
Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement
in Canada through cultural and educational means. For news and
information, visit the COC website at www.olympic.ca and find the team on both Facebook (Canadian Olympic Team) and Twitter
For further information:
Isabelle Hodge, Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel.: (416) 324-4122, Cell.: (289) 388-6419, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org