Six Summer Olympians Elected to Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes' Council



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Following the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, six
accomplished athletes - including four medallists from the Beijing Games -
have been elected by their peers to the Canadian Olympic Committee's Athletes'
Council, an internal advisory body designed to give athletes a voice on the
COC Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
    The successful candidates, elected by fellow Canadian athletes, are rower
Iain Brambell (2008 bronze medallist), rower David Calder (silver), rower 
Adam Kreek (gold), kayaker Adam van Koeverden (silver), swimmer Rick Say and
hurdler Perdita Felicien.
    "I'm honoured to be re-elected to the Athletes' Council," said 
Iain Brambell who was, before his re-election, chair of the Athletes' Council.
"The 2008 Canadian Olympic Team has elected an excellent group of summer
athletes to work and speak on their behalf within the Canadian Olympic
Committee.
    "These athletes have already shown tremendous leadership on behalf of
sport in Canada, and this leadership and experience will truly strengthen the
Council, the COC and the voice of all Canadian athletes."
    Athletes' Council elections take place during each Olympic Games. Once
they accept their role, the six members will officially begin serving their
four-year terms when the Council next meets this fall. There they will join
current winter athlete members Cassie Campbell (hockey), Deidra Dionne
(freestyle ski), Alexa Loo (snowboard) and Jeff Pain (skeleton), ex-officio
members Beckie Scott and Charmaine Crooks as well as Pan American sports
representative Jaret Llewellyn (water ski) and Victoria Winter (equestrian).
    The Council, in representing the views of high-performance athletes, is
tasked with reviewing and providing recommendations to the COC on a range of
issues that directly impact Olympic and Pan American Games hopefuls. It meets
to discuss such issues as team selection and planning, funding allocation and
how to best support Canadian athletes to help them achieve podium success.
    The six summer athletes elected this year come from a pool of 11
candidates. Summer athletes from Canada were encouraged to run as candidates
for the Athletes' Council. To be eligible, candidates must have competed at
either the 2008 or 2004 Olympic Games, or have competed at the 2007 Pan
American Games.
    The elections took place between July 23 and August 24, 2008, through
online voting at www.olympic.ca where candidates' short profiles were posted.
Eligible voters counted more than 350 athletes, comprising all 2008 Olympians
and those competing in non-Olympic sports at the 2007 Pan American Games.

    The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) 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 Beijing-related information, visit www.olympic.ca/Beijing2008.





For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Bigras, Press Chief, Canadian Olympic
Committee, Cell.: (613) 298-1625, Email: sbigras@olympic.ca

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