Canadian Olympic Committee Announces Beijing 2008 Olympic Mission Team Members

    OTTAWA, March 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced
today the members of the Beijing 2008 Olympic mission team. The mission team
is the group of health care and other professionals that provides all
necessary support services to the Canadian team in Beijing. It is comprised
mostly of volunteers from across Canada.
    "We have worked very hard to select dedicated and experienced individuals
for our mission team," said Sylvie Bernier, 2008 Chef de Mission and 1984
diving Olympic gold medallist. "We want the athletes and coaches to be able to
fully concentrate on their training and competition while in Beijing, while
our mission team members take care of all the other details." Bernier will be
assisted by Assistant Chef de Mission Peter Giles of Halifax, Olympian in
    "The COC and its mission team work in collaboration with the National
Sport Federations to deliver world-class services to athletes, coaches and
other NSF support team personnel during the Games," said Caroline Assalian,
COC executive director of Olympic Preparation and Games. "Our mission team's
main objective in Beijing will be to create an optimal environment that
contributes to podium success."
    The 125 members of the mission team will be comprised of non-accredited
and accredited personnel. A total of 41 members will be a part of the health
care and sport science team, which includes physicians, chiropractors,
therapists and other medical support personnel. Other members of the mission
team will provide support in areas including village operations,
transportation, communications, performance centre, outfitting and Canada
Olympic House. The full list of mission team members is available on the COC's
website at:
    The COC will add other members to the mission team as required pending
sport team qualifications.
    The Olympic Games in Beijing will be held August 8-24, 2008.

    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 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:

For further information:

For further information: Steve Keogh, Manager, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Email:

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