COC Selects Delegates to Attend International Olympic Academy

    TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is pleased
to announce that Catherine Gosselin-Després of Quebec City and Richard Koo of
Vancouver have been selected to attend the 2007 International Olympic Academy
(IOA). The 47th International Session for Young Participants will take place
from June 19 to July 3, 2007 in Olympia, Greece.
    Through their work and volunteer initiatives, Gosselin-Després and Koo
have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to sport and the Olympic movement
in Canada. Both delegates are graduates of the Olympic Academy of Canada and
each is actively involved in promoting sport and the Olympic values within
their local community.
    A former program coordinator with CanoeKayak Canada, Gosselin-Després is
currently employed at Synchro Canada as the organization's sport development
manager. In this role, Gosselin-Després is responsible for managing and
implementing the sport's education programs for coaches and officials.
    Gosselin-Després holds a Masters of Arts in Sports Administration from
the University of Ottawa and recently volunteered as a sports information
officer at the 2007 Canada Winter Games. She is scheduled to volunteer as a
member of the COC's on-site support team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil.
    Koo has been an active supporter of the Olympic Movement for the past
five years. In 2006, he volunteered as an access control and accreditation
coordinator at Canada Olympic House during the Olympic Winter Games in Turin.
Koo was also a volunteer member of the COC's auction committee during the
organization's 2006 Canadian Olympic Golf Tournament in Bond Head, Ont.
    From 1999 to 2004, Koo worked at CBC in a variety of roles including
strategy and planning consultant. Koo also led research efforts for CBC Sports
and contributed to the network's bid portfolio for various broadcast
properties including the Olympic Games.
    Currently, Koo is employed as a senior research analyst with the Canadian
Television Fund, and is the senior editor and associate producer for the
television quiz show "Reach For The Top". He holds a Masters in Urban Planning
from the University of Toronto. The aim of the IOA is to create an
international cultural centre in Olympia, to preserve and spread the Olympic
Spirit, and to study and implement the educational and social principles of
Olympism. The main topics of the 47th International Session are Olympism and
"'From Athens to Beijing". More information on the IOA is available at

    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: Eric Michalko, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Office: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 528-6742,

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