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TORONTO, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will
send two young participants to the International Olympic Academy's 51st International Session for Young Participants in Olympia, Greece for the
next two weeks: Jacqueline Deschenes and Sylvain Leclerc.
Deschenes, from Bridgenorth, Ont., is the Executive Director of the
Ontario Speed Skating Association. She attended her first Olympic Games
as a volunteer at Speed Skating House in Vancouver in 2010. Deschenes
is also a member of Speed Skating Canada, the Canadian Curling
Association and Ringuette Canada and participated in the Olympic
Academy of Canada in 2006.
"I have wanted to attend the International Olympic Academy since I first
learned of it while completing my undergraduate degree," said
Deschenes. "Attending the 2011 Young Participants session of the IOA is
the culmination of that small spark of a dream I had ten years ago and
I could not be more thrilled to finally experience this phenomenal
Leclerc lives in Montreal, has attended two Olympic Games. He was a
translator for the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee and covered the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a producer for Canada's Olympic
Broadcast Consortium. Leclerc was also a producer for Réseau des
sports' coverage of the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.
"Why the International Olympic Academy? To continue to learn more about
the movement, its story, its mission, its ideals. For a passionate
person like me, being able to study Olympism for 17 days is another
unique professional experience, and I want to take advantage of any
second spent on Greek soil."
Canadians can follow Deschenes' and Leclerc's Olympic Academy experience
with daily blog updates and photos on http://www.olympic.ca, short updates on the Canadian Olympic Team Twitter feed (@CDNOlympicTeam) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/canadianolympicteam).
The International Olympic Academy's International Session for Young
Participants is a two-week gathering of people aged 20-35 in the
ancestral home of the Olympic Games with the goal of educating and
motivating young people from around the world to promote Olympic Ideals
and educate others in their own countries.
The Session's curriculum consists of lectures, group discussions and
presentations by participants, as well as outings to archaeological
digs. Participants are also exposed to extra-curricular activities,
like athletic competition, artistic performances and numerous social
About the Canadian Olympic Committee
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, Youth Olympic and Pan American
Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement
in Canada through cultural and educational means. For news and
information, visit the COC website at www.olympic.ca and find the team on both Facebook (Canadian Olympic Team) and Twitter
For further information:
Isabelle Hodge, Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel.: (416) 324-4122, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org