Media Advisory - Canadian Olympians To Tee It Up In Support Of The Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund



    OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW/ - On Monday, June 25, the Lowry family and the
Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will host the second annual Drive for the
Podium Golf Tournament, presented by Bell Canada, in support of the Mark Lowry
Memorial Sport Excellence Fund at the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club in
Ottawa.
    The Fund is a tribute to Lowry, the COC's former Director of Sport, and
is designed to help high-performance athletes and coaches achieve podium
success at the Olympic Games.
    The competition will feature participation and appearances by some of
Canada's most recognized Olympians including Alex Baumann (swimming), Sue
Holloway (kayak and cross-country skiing), Emily Brydon (alpine skiing),
Jennifer Button (swimming), Mike McWha (swimming), Jennifer Robinson (figure
skating) and Helen Upperton (bobsleigh).
    Included in the day's festivities are 18 holes of golf, Olympic-themed
demonstrations, a silent auction and dinner at the Stonebridge clubhouse. CBC
Sports' Scott Russell will serve as the tournament's emcee and host.
    The Mark Lowry Memorial Sport Excellence Fund was established by the
Lowry family and the COC in October 2005. The Fund is managed by the COC on
the family's behalf.
    Mark was passionate about the sporting community and worked tirelessly to
advance the cause of athletes and sport in Canada. His lasting legacy will be
the successes of the many athletes and coaches who have benefited and will
benefit from the high-performance programs, including Own The Podium 2010,
which he helped to create. He passed away on October 21, 2005 following a
two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

    
    Where:       Stonebridge Golf & Country Club
                 68 Hawktree Ridge
                 Ottawa, Ontario

                 Directions : If you are traveling south on Highway 416 (from
                 the 417), take the second exit, which is Fallowfield, then
                 follow the blue and white signs to the course.

                 If you are traveling north on Highway 416, take the
                 Bankfield exit and then follow the blue and white signs to
                 the course.

    When:        Monday, June 25, 2007

    Time:        The Opening Ceremony featuring athlete introductions is
                 scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The shotgun start is set for
                 12:45 p.m.

    Photo-Ops: Members of the Lowry family; Olympic athletes and COC
    executives; and on-course sport demonstrations (including volleyball,
    fencing, canoe/kayak, table tennis, biathlon and rowing) by Canadian
    Olympic hopefuls.
    

    The COC would like to thank all of our partners for their support of our
2007 Golf Tournaments including: Worldwide Olympic Partners - Coca-Cola, Atos
Origin, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Lenovo, Manulife, McDonald's, Omega,
Panasonic, Samsung, VISA; our National Partners - Bell Canada, Hbc, RBC,
General Motors of Canada, Petro-Canada, RONA; our Official Supporters - Air
Canada, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Budweiser, Canadian Pacific,
ICBC, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh, Royal Canadian Mint, Teck Cominco; and our
National Suppliers - Birks, Dow Canada, Epcor, Haworth, Nortel, TransCanada,
VINCOR, Weston, and Workopolis.





For further information:

For further information: RSVP - Media information: Eric Michalko,
Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146,
Cell: (416) 528-6742, Email: emichalko@olympic.ca

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