Media advisory - Canadian Olympic Committee Announces 2007 Congress Media Opportunities

    TORONTO, April 11 /CNW/ - For the first time since 1993, the Canadian
Olympic Committee (COC) will hold its annual Congress in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The following is an overview of some of the media opportunities taking place
during the four-day event, from April 19-22.
    Members of the media are invited to attend all of the events listed
below. Please advise Eric Michalko, COC Manager of Media Relations at to confirm your attendance at a specific event.

    Friday, April 20

    COC Board of Directors Meeting
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Delta Halifax - Baronet Ballroom
    1990 Barrington Street

    Agenda topics include:

    1) International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency Report

    2) COC President's Report

    3) COC Chief Executive Officer and Senior Management Report

    4) Podium Canada (Own The Podium 2010 and Road To Excellence) Overview

    5) 2007 Pan American Games Update

    6) 2010 Olympic Winter Games Update

    Community Outreach Program, presented by Petro-Canada
    "Athletes Inspiring Students", featuring 2006 Olympic Winter Games gold
    medallist Brad Gushue
    Portland Estates Elementary School
    9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Main Gymnasium
    45 Portland Hills Drive
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

    2006 Olympic curling gold medallist Brad Gushue will address Grade 4, 5
and 6 students at Portland Estates Elementary School to discuss the importance
of following your dreams. Gushue will also participate in a question and
answer session with the students and will be available for a brief scrum with
media following the event.
    The visit is part of the COC's Community Outreach Program, presented by
Petro-Canada, which will pair 10 prominent Olympic athletes with 20 schools in
the Halifax region for a series of inspirational sessions.
    Other athletes scheduled to visit schools in the Halifax region as part
of the Community Outreach Program include Olympic medallists Marianne Limpert
(swimming, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney), Stephen Giles (canoe,
1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens) and Tania Vicent
(short track speed skating, 1998 Nagano, 2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Turin).

    For further information on the Community Outreach Program contact:

    Veronica Curtis
    Media Relations Advisor
    Phone: (403) 296-3031
    Cell: (403) 561-4073

    Saturday, April 21

    2007 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Inductees Press Conference
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Delta Halifax - Harbourview Room
    1990 Barrington Street

    Prior to the 2007 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony,
presented by General Motors of Canada, media will have the opportunity to meet
inductees Marc Gagnon (athlete, speed skating), Marianne Limpert (athlete,
swimming), Deryk Snelling (coach, swimming), Brian Wakelin (builder, hockey),
family representatives of the late Montgomery Wilson (athlete, figure skating)
and Les McDonald (builder, triathlon) and 2006 International Olympic Committee
Sport and the Community Trophy winner Clara Hughes (long track speed skating)
at a press conference and media availability session.

    Keynote Speaker Luncheon, presented by the Nova Scotia Department of
    Health Promotion and Protection
    Featuring Alex Baumann, Executive Director, Road To Excellence
    12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Delta Halifax - Bluenose Ballroom
    1990 Barrington Street

    As the keynote speaker, Alex Baumann, a two-time Olympic gold medallist,
will provide an update on the Road To Exellence program as well as an overview
of the Canadian summer sport system and the changes that are necessary in
order for Canada's athletes to achieve increased podium success at future
Olympic Games.

    Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremony, presented
    by General Motors of Canada
    5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Cornwallis Suite and Port Royal Room
    World Trade and Convention Centre
    1800 Argyle Street

    The list of 2007 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame inductees includes Marc
Gagnon (athlete, speed skating), Marianne Limpert (athlete, swimming),
Montgomery Wilson (athlete, figure skating), Deryk Snelling (coach, swimming),
Les McDonald (builder, triathlon) and Brian Wakelin (builder, hockey). Clara
Hughes (long track speed skating) will also be officially presented with the
2006 International Olympic Committee Sport and the Community Trophy.

    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, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 528-6742,

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