Media Advisory - Alex Baumann, on behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, to Advocate for Funding for Road to Excellence Program At Standing Committee on Finance



    MONTREAL, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Alex Baumann, Executive Director of the Road to
Excellence program and two-time Olympic gold medallist in swimming, is
scheduled to appear before the Standing Committee on Finance on Friday,
December 7, 2007 to advocate for funding for the Road to Excellence summer
sport technical initiative to benefit Canadian summer athletes.
    Baumann, who is appearing on behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee
(COC), one of the partners in the Road to Excellence program, will be
advocating for government funding of $30 million annually to support the
program, which also supports Canadian Paralympic athletes. The Road to
Excellence program is the summer equivalent of the successful Own the Podium
2010 program, which supports winter sport athletes.
    COC President Michael Chambers, Executive Committee members Richard Pound
and Walter Sieber and COC Chief Executive Officer Chris Rudge are also
scheduled to attend the presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance.
    A copy of the COC's written submission to the Standing Committee on
Finance is available at
http://www.olympic.ca/EN/organization/publications/publications.shtml#reports.
Print or PDF versions of the Road to Excellence business plan, released in the
summer of 2006, are available in English or French by contacting Jennifer
Hawkes at jhawkes@olympic.ca.

    
    WHO:      Alex Baumann
              Executive Director, Road to Excellence

    WHAT:     Appearance before Standing Committee on Finance as part of
              pre-budget consultations

    WHERE:    Hilton Montréal Bonaventure
              900 de la Gauchetière West
              Meeting Room Fontaine A
              Montreal

    WHEN:     10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Jackie DeSouza, COC Communications, Phone:
(416) 324-4122, Cell: (416) 806-4342, jdesouza@olympic.ca; Sylvie Bigras, COC
Communications, Cell: (613) 298-1625, sbigras@olympic.ca

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