RBC announces 28 Olympic and Paralympic athletes as RBC Olympians



    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - RBC today announced the 28 exceptional Canadian
athletes who have joined the RBC team as RBC Olympians for the next year.
    The RBC Olympians Program is a national initiative that provides elite
athletes with an opportunity to gain career-oriented experience with a
flexible work schedule that gives them the time necessary to train and
compete. The career skills and experiences gained from working at RBC will
help these athletes at different stages of their careers.
    "As an RBC Olympian, I have the opportunity to develop the skills needed
to be successful in my career after sports, while also allowing me to share my
experiences and stories with students and communities across Canada," said
Andrea Holmes, Vancouver-based RBC Paralympian, 2004 Paralympian (Athens),
Athletics. "The RBC Olympians program supports amateur sport in Canada by
helping Canadian athletes succeed, whether they are competing for Canada or
starting a new career."
    This year's RBC Olympians are a collection of hopefuls and medallists,
such as Jennifer Botterill, Ice Hockey gold medallist (2006, 2002), Blythe
Hartley, Diving bronze medallist (2004) and Benoit Huot, Paralympic Swimming
gold medallist (2004).
    "The RBC Olympians Program supports amateur athletes by providing them
with the funding and flexibility they need to succeed," said Jim Westlake,
group head, Canadian Banking, RBC. "Working at RBC, the athletes will be able
to apply their exceptional skills and knowledge to a different playing field.
We hope their experiences with the program will help them realize their
fullest potential both in sports and in their future careers."
    Through the RBC Olympians Program, the athletes act as community
ambassadors across the country, sharing their Olympic and Paralympic Games'
experiences, as well as current aspirations with schools and community groups,
RBC clients and employees. RBC Olympians also help raise awareness and support
for amateur sport, inspiring Canadians to be physically fit and participate in
sports at all levels.

    
    RBC Olympians for the next year are:

    British Columbia

    -   Andrea Holmes, Paralympic Athletics, 2004 Paralympian
    -   Ravi Kahlon, Field Hockey, 2000 Olympian
    -   Anne-Marie Lefrançois, Alpine Skiing, 2002 Olympian
    -   Crispin Lipscombe, Snowboarding, 2006 Olympian
    -   Gary Reed, Athletics, 2004 Olympian
    -   Kristi Richards, Freestyle Ski, 2006 Olympian
    -   Donovan Tildesley, Paralympic Swimming, 2004 Paralympian
    -   Chris Wong, Freestyle Skiing, 2006 Olympian

    Prairies

    -   Fiona Bell, Ice Hockey, Silver Medallist - 1998 Olympian
    -   Lisa Blackburn, Swimming, Olympic Hopeful
    -   Steve Elm, Speed Skating, Silver Medallist - 2006 Olympian
    -   Blythe Hartley, Diving, Bronze Medallist - 2004 Olympian
    -   Colleen Sostorics, Ice Hockey, Gold Medallist - 2006 Olympian

    Ontario

    -   Jeff Bean, Freestyle Skiing, 2006 Olympian
    -   Jennifer Botterill, Ice Hockey, Gold Medallist - 2006 Olympian
    -   Jacquie Cook, Rowing, 2004 Olympian
    -   Claire Carver-Dias, Synchronized swimming, Bronze Medallist - 2000
        Olympian
    -   Perdita Felicien, Athletics, 2004 Olympian
    -   Jayna Hefford, Ice Hockey, Gold Medallist - 2006 Olympian
    -   Gillian Apps, Ice Hockey, Gold Medallist - 2006 Olympian

    Quebec

    -   Martine Albert, Biathlon, 2006 Olympian
    -   Benoit Huot, Paralympic Swimming, Gold Medallist - 2004 Paralympian
    -   Sandra Lize, Water Polo, 2000 Olympian
    -   Dominique Maltais, Snowboarding, Bronze Medallist - 2006 Olympian

    Atlantic Region

    -   Joel Bourgeois, Athletics, 2000 Olympian
    -   Alex Duckworth, Snowboarding, Olympic Hopeful
    -   David Kikuchi, Gymnastics, 2004 Olympian
    -   Jay Hugh Smith, Gymnastics, Olympic Hopeful
    

    More information on the RBC Olympians can be found at
www.rbc.com/sponsorship/rbcolympians.html.

    RBC AND AMATEUR SPORT

    RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots events in local communities
to national sport associations that support the development of amateur
athletes who compete at home and abroad. As the longest-standing supporter of
Canada's Olympic Team, since 1947, RBC continues this sponsorship to include
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: Jackie Braden, RBC media relations, (416)
974-2124


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