Olympian and Team Canada soccer star Erin McLeod named MEC Ambassador, will represent Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

VANCOUVER, June 4, 2015 /CNW/ - Mountain Equipment Co-op is proud to announce Erin McLeod as the organization's newest MEC Ambassador. A Canadian women's national soccer player and Olympic medalist, Erin McLeod inspires Canadians with her healthy and active outdoor lifestyle. In preparation for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015TM, Erin's training regimen includes the gym, hiking, and trail running. MEC is proud to support Erin in her indoor and outdoor training as she represents Canada.

"My life can be so hectic with the demands of being a professional soccer player and a member of the national team," says Erin McLeod. "A simple hike or trail run allows me to escape the craziness of life and get a moment of peace."

Being fit ‒ both mentally and physically ‒ is essential to Erin's success as a professional athlete. She attributes her ability to play soccer at the sport's highest levels in large part to the time she spends outdoors ‒ "being present in nature."

"I wanted to be a MEC Ambassador so I could share my experiences with others who share my passion for exploring mountains, coastlines, or anywhere two feet or two wheels can take you."

Erin McLeod has participated in three World Cups and two Olympic Games. Erin won the bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympic Games – making history with her team.

"Erin is a highly accomplished athlete and a true adventurer who is living life to the fullest and inspiring others – girls and young women especially – to do the same," says Stephen Matthews, an MEC mountain biking Ambassador and coordinator of the MEC Ambassador Program.

MEC Ambassadors are passionate spokespeople who inspire others to be active outdoors. As lovers of outdoor activities, they are leaders in their chosen sports and are people who want to continue their commitment to the community. Through their experiences they convey MEC's values and inspire others to live life to the fullest.

About MEC

Canada's leading outdoor retailer, MEC is passionate about inspiring and enabling everyone to lead active outdoor lifestyles. From city streets and yoga studios to forest trails and pristine lakes, MEC matches people with the highest level of expertise, clothing and gear for fitness and outdoor adventure. Through its commitment to 1% for the Planet, MEC invests one percent of sales ($3.2 million in 2014) to Canadian non-profits that inspire and enable outdoor activity. MEC has more than 4 million members and a lifetime membership is $5. Shop with MEC at 17 stores, at mec.ca or using the iPhone app.

SOURCE Mountain Equipment Co-op

Image with caption: "Canadian women's national soccer goaltender Erin McLeod becomes MEC's newest ambassador. (CNW Group/Mountain Equipment Co-op)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150604_C6235_PHOTO_EN_17554.jpg

For further information: For media inquiries: Andrew Sutherland, MEC, Public Relations, 604-707-3304, Andrew.Sutherland@mec.ca; Sarah Fournier, Media Profile, 416-342-1825, Sarah.Fournier@mediaprofile.com

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