Photo/Interview Opportunities - COC Hosts Post Olympic Excellence Series this Weekend

    Workshops Help Olympians Prepare for Life after Competition

    KING CITY, ON, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - As part of its commitment to help high
performance athletes in all facets of their lives, the Canadian Olympic
Committee (COC) will this weekend run a program that helps Olympians plan and
prepare for life after sport.
    The Post Olympic Excellence Series (POES) will run from Oct. 24 to 26 at
the Kingbridge Centre at 12750 Jane Street in King City, Ontario. The COC will
host 31 Olympians who competed in Beijing, with workshops and featured
speakers designed to offer tools and information to prepare them for the next
chapter in their lives.
    "The COC knows the value of assisting athletes with their preparation to
compete in their sport careers as well as their careers outside the world of
sport," said event organizer and two-time Olympian Molly Killingbeck, a 1984
silver medallist in the 4x400 m relay.
    "This weekend is free to all Beijing Olympians in appreciation of their
contribution to sport and continued pursuit of excellence. The athletes who
take the time to plan and prepare for their retirement, either soon or in the
future, should have a smooth transition and the resources to overcome any
    Workshops are geared toward helping athletes prepare for every career
decision and professional engagement with the same spirit they prepare for
major sport competitions. One workshop explores how to manage change and
transition while another examines psychological aspects of life after
competition. One focuses on managing finances, another on the skills involved
for job applications and career building. And since many Olympians take to
public speaking, one workshop details the craft of speechwriting.
    Athletes already have valuable skills acquired through their Olympic
experiences. The POES seminars help them realize their skills in teamwork,
stress and time management, goal setting, dealing with expectations, handling
pressure and many others transferrable anywhere else. The COC helps plant the
seed to see what the future holds.
    This follows similar transition workshops following the Athens 2004
Olympic Games and Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. This year it is organized
by a team of Olympians who have successfully made such a transition - cyclist
Curt Harnett, gymnast Mathieu Turgeon, swimmer Joanne Malar and rower Alison
Korn. The featured guest speaker is Mark Tewksbury, a legendary Canadian
swimmer who has won three Olympic medals - including gold in backstroke at the
1992 Olympic Games. Many Olympians who have already made the transition will
be on hand to share their stories as well.
    The COC's POES program is one of many resources that exist in Olympic and
sport communities in Canada to help Olympians succeed long after their podium

    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:

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