VANCOUVER, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - As the inaugural tour of the CP Spirit Train
pulls into Montreal on October 18, the final stop on its cross-Canada tour,
the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC) congratulates Canadian Pacific for bringing the Olympic spirit
to 10 communities across Canada.
"We applaud our partner Canadian Pacific on this engaging family-oriented
initiative that has brought the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to
communities across Canada. It is through the support of great Canadian
companies, such as Canadian Pacific, that all of Canada can look forward to
successful Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. We thank them
for providing a unique grassroots opportunity to celebrate the achievements of
Canadian athletes and giving families a forum to express their excitement for
the coming 2010 Winter Games," said Dave Cobb, VANOC executive vice president,
revenue, marketing and communications.
Over the past four weeks, the CP Spirit Train built on the railway
tradition of the "whistle-stop tour" to showcase Canadian athletes, performers
and Olympic and Paralympic sport, inviting Canadians to experience the
excitement of the 2010 Winter Games at every stop along the way.
Audiences in Port Moody (BC), Calgary and Edmonton (Alberta), Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan), Winnipeg (Manitoba) and Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Mississauga and
Smith Falls (Ontario) all shared the opportunity to meet Olympians and
Paralympians and enjoy well-known Canadian talent, including singer
Colin James, Spirit Stage headliner.
Despite the efforts of small groups of protesters at some stops along the
route, the enthusiasm and participation of local Canadians was evident at each
stop as families enjoyed activities including Inukshuk building; interactive
sport demonstrations; performances by contemporary Aboriginal musicians,
including Sierra Noble, Dallas Arcand and Matthew Mukash; and visits with
Miga, Quatchi and Sumi, the Vancouver 2010 mascots.
Visitors lined up for autographs from many of Canada's finest summer and
winter sport athletes, including gold-medal winning sledge hockey goalie
Paul Rosen, Nordic skier Beckie Scott and Canada's first gold medallist at the
Beijing 2008 Games, wrestler Carol Huynh.
The Montreal wrap-up stop of the CP Spirit Train on Saturday, October 18
features athletes Paul Rosen (sledge hockey); Benoît St-Amand (sledge hockey);
Emilie Heymans (diving); Joannie Rochette (figure skating); Karine Sergerie
(taekwondo); Eve Routhier (alpine skiing); Annie Martin (volleyball);
Philippe LaRoche (freestyle skiing), the Vancouver 2010 mascots and the CP
Spirit Train team at Place des Vestiges on the Quays of the Old Port, across
from Jacques-Cartier Pier. The free celebration runs from 2 pm to 7 pm. Full
event details are available at www.cpspirittrain.com.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
About CP Spirit Train
The Canadian Pacific Spirit Train is moving the Olympic spirit across
Canada with the support of great Olympic partners such as VANOC, General
Electric, Rona, Panasonic, Hain Celestial and 3M Canada. These great CP Spirit
Train partners, and sponsors of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games, are enhancing the CP Spirit Train experience with their ideas,
programs, athletes, products and services.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Paula Webber, VANOC
Communications, (778) 328-3385, firstname.lastname@example.org; Breanne
Feigel, CP Rail Public Relations, (403) 589-6949, Breanne_Feigel@cpr.ca