Canadian Olympic Committee Opens Search for International Olympic Academy Young Participants

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TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is looking to send two Canadians between the ages of 20-35 to Olympia, Greece to experience the annual Young Participants Session at the International Olympic Academy (IOA). This year, interested Canadians must enter through an online application that illustrates their sport leadership, passion for the Olympic Movement and their online social influence.

The IOA unites some of the world's most vibrant young leaders in sport and physical activity from approximately 100 nations. The session will take place from June 25 to July 9, 2011 and will focus on Olympism with a special look at Olympic education.

Applicants must possess an understanding of Olympism and experience in the Olympic Movement in Canada. Ideal candidates will exhibit, leadership, knowledge and enthusiasm for the development of sport and physical activity and will possess a strong online presence. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate a proficiency in social media channels and the strength and reach of their social media influence as they will be required to provide social media updates and act as online ambassadors for the promotion of Olympism in Canada. 

All expenses will be paid during the course of the IOA. The COC will cover air travel up to $1,500. Delegates will be required to provide their own ground transportation to their departing airport and are responsible for expenses incurred in Athens prior to the official end of the session.

Those who view themselves as future leaders in Canadian sport and who are creative, dynamic, young professionals are encouraged to apply online by March 14, 2011 at 5 p.m. EST. (General information on the IOA is available at

To apply online please visit: The successful candidate(s) will be notified the week of March 14, 2011.

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 and find the team on both Facebook (Canadian Olympic Team) and Twitter (@CDNOlympicTeam).


For further information:

Isabelle Hodge
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel.: (416) 324-4122


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