COC Selects Delegates to Attend International Olympic Academy

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is pleased
to announce that Katherine Ringrose of Vancouver and Sarah Robertson of
Burlington, Ont. have been selected to attend the 2008 International Olympic
Academy (IOA). The 48th International Session for Young Participants will run
this year from June 11 to June 25 in Olympia, Greece.
    Busy with work and volunteer initiatives, Ringrose and Robertson
demonstrate exceptional commitment to the Olympic Movement in Canada and sport
overall. Both have graduated from the Olympic Academy of Canada and are
actively engaged in promoting sport and the Olympic values within their
respective communities.
    Ringrose, 30, is currently a manager at 2010 Legacies Now, a non-profit
organization in B.C. seeking to create sustainable legacies in sport and
recreation, arts, literacy and volunteerism both before and after the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There, she develops and runs programs for
youth, Aboriginal people and women while chairing the province's Aboriginal
Youth Sport Legacy Fund.
    Ringrose holds a degree in sports management from Brock University and a
postgraduate diploma in sport administration from Durham College.
Athletically, she is a competitive lifeguard (champion at the university
level) while active in lacrosse, running and swimming. She brings her
interests in inclusive sport and community sport development to such groups as
the Disability Ski Association of B.C., MoreSports and ProMOTION Plus. She is
also on the local organizing committee for the 2008 Olympic Academy of Canada,
a national program that will run this June in Vancouver.
    Robertson, 35, teaches healthy, active living at the high school level
and is very active in the sport world herself. She is a member of the Canadian
Intramural Recreation Association and the Ontario Physical and Health
Education Association, program coordinator with the Ontario Educational
Leadership Centre and treasurer with the Halton Field Hockey Umpire
    Robertson has a long list of voluntary roles in sports as well as
certificates and awards. Her passion for sports has extended to distance
running, trail running, ultimate, golf, volleyball and curling. She received a
degree in physical and health education from Laurentian University, a degree
in education from the University of Western Ontario and an honours specialist
in physical education 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 48th
International Session are Humanism and the Olympic Movement. More information
on the IOA can be found at

    The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) 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: Media calls only: Steve Keogh, Manager, Media
Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee, Work: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416)
806-3949, Email:

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