Olympic Medallists Inspire Halifax Students to Fuel Their Dreams



    HALIFAX, April 20 /CNW/ - As part of its Community Outreach Program,
presented by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) teamed with 10
Olympic athletes today, including Olympic medallists Brad Gushue, Marianne
Limpert, Stephen Giles and Tania Vicent, to deliver a message of inspiration
to more than 4,500 students at 20 Halifax area schools.
    "The main message I always try to communicate to students is to never
give up on your dreams," said Gushue, a gold medallist in curling at the 2006
Olympic Winter Games in Turin. "Whether it is pursuing goals in school, sports
or extra curricular activities, students should never be afraid to reach for
the top."
    Each year as part of its Congress and Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame
weekend, the COC organizes a unique community activity designed to engage
Canada's youth and further build on the organization's existing outreach and
educational partnerships. In 2007, the Community Outreach Program, presented
by Petro-Canada, provided an opportunity for local area students to receive an
inspirational first-hand account of how some of Canada's most successful
Olympic athletes were able to overcome personal challenges en route to
achieving podium success.
    "Olympians are role models who instill a strong sense of national pride
and inspire students to be the very best they can be," said Marc Gélinas, COC
Director, Athlete and Community Relations. "Together with Petro-Canada, the
Community Outreach Program provides an opportunity for Canada's Olympians to
inspire and motivate this country's next generation of Olympic athletes and
leaders."
    Petro-Canada also announced the details of its new Fuelling The Dream
School Contest. It is designed to capture the attention and imagination of
students by inviting them to submit written entries about their passion for
sport. The Fuelling The Dream School Contest is open to Grade 4, 5 and 6
students at Portland Estates Elementary School in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
    "Petro-Canada is committed to enhancing communities like Halifax by
fuelling the dreams of Canadian youth," said Steven Keith, Director of Olympic
and Community Partnerships. "We are pleased to provide a fun and encouraging
event to help students make their dreams a reality."

    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.

    Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating
in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and
internationally. The Company creates value by responsibly developing energy
resources and providing world class petroleum products and services.
Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games. Petro-Canada's common shares trade on the Toronto
Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol PCZ.




For further information:

For further information: Eric Michalko, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Cell: (416) 528-6742, Email: emichalko@olympic.ca;
Veronica Curtis, Media Relations Advisor, Petro-Canada, Phone: (403) 296-3031,
Cell: (403) 561-4073, Email: vcurtis@petro-canada.ca

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