Only one week remains to enter RBC's Canadian Olympic School Program Team Torchbearer Contest

    Deadline to submit a team pledge is May 12, 2009

    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - Students aged 13 and over have only one week left
to make a pledge through the RBC Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay School
Team Torchbearer Contest for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to carry the
Olympic Flame as it makes its way across the country.
    RBC is encouraging Canadians to create a better Canada by pledging to do
something big or small in their daily lives to make Canada a better place to
live. In keeping with the spirit of RBC's Carry the Torch contest, teachers,
coaches and school leaders are encouraged to work with their students to
submit a team pledge through the Canadian Olympic School Program (COSP). Teams
are invited to chronicle how they are going to improve their community, be
more environmentally-friendly, or live healthier lifestyles.
    By making a pledge before May 12, students will automatically be entered
into the RBC Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay School Team Torchbearer
Contest for a chance to earn a team torchbearer spot. RBC and COSP will review
the pledges and award 16 teams of 20 students and teachers with the
opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame for one kilometre during a leg of the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.
    Interested teachers and school leaders are encouraged to visit to learn more about this exciting program and
the opportunity to be an Olympic Torchbearer. Winners of the team torchbearer
spots will be contacted in June.

    Teachers and students can enter in three easy steps:
    1.  Download contest details at
    2.  Create a class pledge to improve their community, become more
        environmentally sustainable or live a healthier lifestyle.
    3.  Submit their entry on-line. Briefly describe their pledge in words,
        pictures or a video.

    The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey to Vancouver on
October 30, 2009, when the flame arrives in Victoria, British Columbia
following the traditional lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece. The Olympic
Flame will then travel from coast to coast to coast through every province and
territory in Canada - spanning 45,000 kilometres, 1,020 communities, over 106
days. It will end at B.C. Place on February 12, 2010, with the lighting of the
Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter

    About RBC and the Olympic Games
    Through its longstanding Olympic involvement, RBC is committed to helping
create a better Canada. RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots programs
in local communities to national sport associations that support the
development of amateur athletes who compete at home and abroad. As Canada's
longest-standing supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, since 1947, RBC
continues its sponsorship through the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games and is proud to bring the Olympic Spirit to communities across
Canada as co-presenting sponsor of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. RBC is also a
Premier Sponsor of Hockey Canada, the Canadian Snowboard Team, the Canadian
Freestyle Ski Team, Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

    About the Canadian Olympic Committee
    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, Director, Communications, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 806-3949, Email:; Jackie Braden, Media Relations, RBC, Phone: (416) 974-2121,

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