Media Advisory - Canadian Olympic Committee to Introduce Significant Initiative to Support Athletes at Olympic Games

    Announcement to launch Beijing Media Summit in Ottawa on Nov. 19

    TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - On Monday, November 19, 2007, the Canadian
Olympic Committee (COC) will announce a significant new initiative to support
Canadian athletes at future Olympic Games. The announcement will kick off the
COC's Media Summit for the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the
Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa.
    The Summit will be held in conjunction with the second session of the
COC's Olympic Excellence Series for 2008 Olympic hopefuls, which will take
place November 17-21. The Olympic Excellence Series is designed to provide
athletes, coaches and their support team with the practical skills and
strategies necessary to help them achieve podium success in Beijing.
    On Monday, media will have the opportunity to meet and interview more
than 80 Canadian medal hopefuls for the 2008 Canadian Olympic team in Beijing.
The schedule of events will be as follows:

    Monday, Nov. 19 at the Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Drive, Ottawa, Ont.
    9:00 a.m. - COC press conference in main ballroom, 2nd floor
    10:00 a.m. - Rowing team press conference in The Deciders room, 3rd floor
    10:30 a.m. - Athletics team press conference, 3rd floor
    11:00 a.m. - Canoe-Kayak team press conference, 3rd floor
    11:30 a.m. - Softball team press conference, 3rd floor
    1:30 p.m. - Water polo team press conference, 3rd floor
    2:00 p.m. - Synchro team press conference, 3rd floor
    2:30 p.m. - Diving team press conference, 3rd floor
    Note: There will be media availability for the athletes following their
    respective press conferences in The Deciders room.

    Athletes scheduled to attend Monday's events include 2004 Olympic silver
medallist diver Alexandre Despatie, reigning Canadian champion and former
World champion hurdler Perdita Felicien, five-time Olympic trap shooter Susan
Nattrass, 2004 Olympic gold medallist gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, and reigning
Olympic and World champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden. A complete list of
athletes scheduled to attend is attached.
    The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, scheduled from August 8-24, will feature
a total of 28 sport disciplines, 302 events, more than 200 participating
countries, and an estimated 10,700 athletes.
    To date, Canada's athletes have secured positions for the 2008 Olympic
Games in 30 different events through their performance in archery, diving,
equestrian, field hockey, modern pentathlon, sailing, shooting, softball, and
swimming. In addition, multiple athletes have achieved international
qualifying standards in athletics and swimming events.
    Members of the media wishing to attend the 2008 Canadian Olympic Media
Summit are asked to pre-register online by visiting

    To view a list of the Beijing Olympic Excellence Series attendees,
November 19, 2007 please visit:

    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: Steve Keogh, Manager, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Email:; Sylvie
Bigras, Gestionnaire, Communications, Comité olympique canadien, Cell.: (613)
298-1625, Courriel :

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