REALTOR(R) pride goes for gold!

One month until the start of the 2010 Games and two western REALTORS(R) are ready to own the podium in Whistler

OTTAWA, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - For REALTORS(R) Lyndon Rush and Bret Bresciani, there are some similarities between being a top seller and being part of Canada's winning bobsledding team. The backbone of each profession lies with teamwork.

"Both are competitive but require cooperation with your peers to do well," says Lyndon Rush who sells commercial real estate in Red Deer, Alberta while piloting our country's four-man and two-man bobsled teams. "In bobsledding, you need to network with the other teams to gain knowledge about the tracks and acquire new and better equipment. Similarly as a REALTOR(R), you're competing for customers but need to cooperate in order to serve those customers the best."

His teammate, residential REALTOR(R) Bret Bresciani agrees. "In both situations you are sometimes forced to compete against your teammate, for clients and sales - or with bobsled for a spot on the team you want to push from. But in the end you're still on the same team."

And it is that teamwork that they hope will bring them to the podium in Whistler this February. Both Lyndon and Bret have taken the past year off from real estate to train for this moment, with the complete support of the REALTOR(R) community. Royal LePage Canada is sponsoring Lyndon's two-man sled and both athletes' offices are behind their efforts 100 per cent.

"The workers at my office (Calgary's RE/MAX House of Real Estate) are watching my results and cheering me on," says Bret. For Lyndon, the support for pursuing his dream has come from Team Rush, which is run by his father, Jerry Rush. According to Jerry, "LD (as he is called by his family) is fortunate to be in commercial real estate where he has evenings and weekends off and it is easier to schedule regular training times. What other career could you have that would allow you such flexibility?"

In order to qualify for the 2010 Olympics, Lyndon and Bret are currently competing in a European tour. They both hope to return in February and attend the Olympics - making Canada proud.

Final selection of the Olympic bobsled team will be made public January 27th. Olympic bobsled competition begins on Sunday, February 21st for the two-man sled and February 26th for the four-man event.

About Lyndon Rush

Lyndon played football for five years at the University of Saskatchewan before receiving a call from Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton urging him to give the sport of bobsled a try. Lyndon has developed into one of the top pilots in Canada while specializing in commercial real estate for Team Rush in Red Deer, Alberta. He is married and has two daughters, Olivia and Amelia.

About Bret Bresciani

Hailing from Okotoks, Alberta, Bret chose to slide instead of play football when he began studies at the University of Calgary in 2002. He is currently part of Canada's 2009-10 World Cup bobsled team. When he is not training on the track, he is a residential REALTOR(R) for the RE/MAX House of Real Estate in Calgary.

SOURCE The Canadian Real Estate Association

For further information: For further information: Alyson Fair, Publicist, The Canadian Real Estate Association, Tel: (613) 237-7111 X 2284, Cell: (613) 884-1460, afair@crea.ca

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