If Canadians had a choice, waterskiing would be top pick for the next Olympic Games sport!

    Calgary entry beats out Bocce Ball, Ultimate Frisbee and Flatland Biking
    in Petro-Canada's Dream Big Contest

    CALGARY, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - Canadians have decided that skiing isn't just
for the Olympic Winter Games as more than 30,000 voted online in
Petro-Canada's Dream Big Contest for waterskiing as the sport they'd most like
to see in a future Olympic Games.
    Now, Calgary's Annica Collombin -- who made a passionate pitch to become
one of four finalists vying to elevate her sport to Olympic Games status --
has won the chance to present her case to the Canadian Olympic Committee, plus
a trip for two to attend the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in 2010.
    "I'm very excited for Water Skiers everywhere! Petro-Canada is providing
us with this amazing opportunity to get the attention of the Canadian Olympic
Committee," says Collombin, an athlete, coach and official with Calgary's
Predator Bay Water Ski Club, hosts of the World Water Ski Championships in
2009. "Water Skiing has all the elements and proven international success to
participate in the Olympic Dream."

    About the contest

    The Petro-Canada Dream Big contest kicked off with a call to sports
enthusiasts of all stripes to sign up online at www.iwilldreambig.ca for a
chance to be randomly selected to the semifinals.
    Then, 80 semifinalists from across the country were chosen to present
their case to a panel of judges made up of Canadian Olympians and FACE
athletes including: Marc Gagnon, Hayley Wickenheiser, Brent Hayden, Jennifer
Robinson and Vicky Sunohara as well as Nicholas Lachance, Yvette Yong, Tyler
Mosher and Brayden MacDougall. After being videotaped live in front of the
panel of judges, four finalists were chosen and their videos were posted
online giving all Canadians a chance to vote for their favourite. Waterskiing
beat out Bocce Ball, Flatland Biking and Ultimate Frisbee in the Dream Big
    Annica Collombin and Petro-Canada spokespeople Allyson Zarowny, Senior
Advisor, Olympic Programs are available for one-on-one media interviews in
Calgary during the week of November 26.
    They are also available for phone interviews for media located outside of

    Petro-Canada-a history of supporting the Olympic Movement in Canada:

    Petro-Canada's commitment to sport fuels the dreams of athletes across
Canada. The Company's funding legacy began in 1988 and since that time,
Petro-Canada has awarded more than $6 million in grants to more than 2,000
non-carded athletes and coaches - one of the largest sources of such funding
in Canada.
    Today, Petro-Canada is a National Partner for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games, as well as the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic
Committee. As part of that sponsorship, the Company has developed the
Petro-Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence(*) (FACE(*)) program.
    The FACE(*) program focuses on providing equal funding to pre-carded
national Olympic and Paralympic Games hopefuls and their coaches. FACE
provides the resources necessary to help the athlete close the gap and achieve
national carded status in the short-term, and to improve coaching skills over
the long-term. All Olympic and Paralympic Games aspirants are eligible for
FACE(*) funding and follow the Sport Canada review process to qualify.
    For a list of this year's FACE(*) recipients, visit www.iwilldreambig.ca.

    (*)Marque de commerce de Petro-Canada - Trademark. Copyright (C) 2007

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    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
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    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Media & general inquiries: Victoria Barrington, Corporate Communications,
Petro-Canada (Calgary), Tel: (403) 296-8589, E-mail: corpcomm@petro-canada.ca,
Website: www.petro-canada.ca; Lisa Rushka, Momentum Communications, (403)
816-1038, LisaR@MomentumCommunications.ca; Mariane Leduc, Edelman Montreal,
(514) 844-6665, poste 234, mariane.leduc@edelman.com; Melissa Graham, Edelman
Toronto, (416) 979-1120 x247, melissa.graham@edelman.com; Steve Keogh,
Canadian Olympic Committe, Tel: (416) 324-4146, E-mail: skeogh@olympic.ca

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