RBC seeks Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes for its community ambassador program

    Program provides funding, flexible work arrangements and
    opportunities to share experiences with Canadians

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - RBC today announced its annual search for
national team athletes or retired Olympians and Paralympians to be a part of
the RBC Olympians Program, which provides Canadian athletes with funding and
valuable work experience to help them succeed both in competition and life
after sport.
    "The RBC Olympian Program understands the financial and training
pressures facing athletes today," said Jeff Bean, RBC Olympian. "It provides a
flexible work schedule, funding and the opportunity to share our passion and
Olympic experiences with people across the country while gaining essential
skills and training for a career after sport. I look forward to putting the
skills learned as an RBC Olympian to use as I enter the next stage of my
    RBC is seeking a number of carded national team athletes or retired
Olympians and Paralympians to apply for the RBC Olympians Program, in main
urban centres across Canada for a one-year contract term beginning in
September 2008. The deadline for applications is July 18, 2008. More
information on the RBC Olympians Program can be found at
    The athletes will act as community ambassadors, sharing their past
experiences and Olympic dreams with schools, community groups, RBC clients and
employees. They also work to create awareness and support for amateur sport in
Canada and inspire the next generation to be physically fit and participate in
sports at any level.
    Committed to supporting amateur sport in Canada from grassroots to
elite-level athletes, RBC has had over 50 Olympic and Paralympic athletes
participate in the program since its inception in 2002. Some of the athletes
who have participated include: Benoit Huot, Paralympic Swimming, 2004 gold
medalist; Crispin Lipscomb, Snowboarding, 2006 Olympian; David Kikuchi,
Gymnastics, 2004 Olympian; Jeff Bean, Freestyle Skiing, 2006 Olympian; Lisa
Blackburn, Swimming, Olympic hopeful; and Perdita Felicien, Athletics, 2004
    "The RBC Olympians Program provides Canada's athletes with key financial
support to help them in their quest to reach the podium while also providing
an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience as they prepare for
a career after sport," said Chris Rudge, chief executive officer, Canadian
Olympic Committee. "As Canada's longest standing corporate supporter of the
Canadian Olympic Team, RBC continues to put athletes first though initiatives
such as the RBC Olympians Program."


    RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots events in local communities
to national sport associations that support the development of amateur
athletes who compete at home and abroad. As the longest-standing supporter of
Canada's Olympic Team, since 1947, RBC continues this sponsorship to include
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 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.

For further information:

For further information: or for an interview with a past member of the
RBC Olympians Program, please contact: Jackie Braden, RBC, Media Relations,
(416) 974-2124

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