City of Vancouver and Canadian Olympic Committee Sign Memorandum of Understanding

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, City Manager
Judy Rogers, Korina Houghton, Commissioner - Vice Chair, Vancouver Park Board,
and Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) President Michael Chambers signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Vancouver today that outlines
opportunities for cooperation prior to, during and after the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
    COC Executive Committee member and Olympian Tricia Smith, along with
figure skater Mira Leung, an Olympian in 2006, were also in attendance, along
with representatives from the City and from the COC.
    The Memorandum of Understanding establishes a framework for the COC and
the City of Vancouver to work together to identify and realize opportunities
for mutual benefit through hosting the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.
    "We want to maximize the opportunities associated with hosting the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Mayor Sullivan. "In addition to
being a catalyst for important social investments, the Games are an
opportunity to celebrate excellence and everything we love about Vancouver,
British Columbia and Canada. I look forward to working with the Canadian
Olympic Committee and all our other partners as we countdown to 2010."
    "The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Vancouver residents to support and engage
with Canadian athletes as they reach for the podium," said Chambers. "The
Canadian Olympic Committee is proud of this partnership with the City of
Vancouver and looks forward to continuing to work together as we draw ever
closer to the Games in 2010."

    The opportunities for collaboration leading up to, during and post Games

    -  A Host Program for Canadian athletes and their families to create
       memorable experiences for all parties
    -  A Canada Olympic House in Vancouver, a 'home away from home' for
       Canadian athletes and their families
    -  A familiarization program to provide athletes and mission staff with a
       thorough understanding of Vancouver
    -  Vancouver test event and training opportunities for athletes and
    -  Community engagement activities such as face-to-face engagement
       between athletes and children at venues such as community centres and
    -  Celebration events and Canadian athlete appearances at the downtown
       Vancouver Live Site in 2010.

    The MOU is the third cooperation protocol to be signed by the City in
preparation of the 2010 Winter Games. Agreements have also been signed with
the Four Host First Nations and Tourism Vancouver. The fourth, currently being
developed, is between Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Jennifer Young, Corporate
Communications, City of Vancouver, (604) 873-7394; Jackie DeSouza, Canadian
Olympic Committee, (416) 324-4122

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