Brier-bound curlers to promote healthy living and fitness with national foundation
CALGARY, Oct. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Prostate Cancer Canada is pleased to announce its partnership with Canadian men's curling team "Team Morris", led by Skip John Morris. The partnership is focused on the promotion of health, wellness and fitness for Canadian men of any age.
"We're thrilled to be working with Team Morris – they are champions for healthy living and the importance of an active and balanced lifestyle," said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. "Team Morris understands the importance of being an advocate for men's health; something Canadian men can easily do by getting a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test in their 40s to establish a baseline."
Prostate Cancer Canada is the only national foundation dedicated to the elimination of the disease through research, education support and awareness. The relationship with Team Morris was forged in September, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness across Canada for the disease.
"Prostate cancer will affect 1 in 8 Canadian men in their lifetime," says John Morris. "If we can encourage Canadian men at every age to eat well and stay active while promoting education for this disease, we'll have achieved our goal. You don't have to be a competitive athlete to advocate for your own health."
Team Morris is a newly formed men's curling team, combining 2010 Olympic Gold Medallist John Morris, World Curling Champion Scott Bailey, and three members of the 2014 Brier Champions – Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen. Team Morris will be competing on the World Curling Tour and in the 2015 Tim Horton's Brier at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome and will be wearing Prostate Cancer Canada's signature logo on their team uniforms hoping to draw attention and conversation to prostate cancer.
Team Morris' history with fitness and sports goes beyond curling. The players enjoy hiking, beach volleyball, fishing, tennis and baseball among others. John Morris works full time as a firefighter, a certified personal trainer, and has written a curling fitness book, "Fit to Curl". Team Member Nolan Thiessen grew up playing baseball, and even competed at the college level. The team is looking forward to the opportunity to advocate for men's health and fitness in Canada.
About Prostate Cancer Canada
Prostate Cancer Canada develops, offers and funds innovative programs related to awareness and public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer. For more information visit prostatecancer.ca and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Image with caption: "Canadian men's curling team "Team Morris" (left to right) Pat Simmons, John Morris, Nolan Thiessen, Carter Rycroft and Scott Bailey unite with Prostate Cancer Canada to promote healthy living and fitness for Canadian men of any age. (Photo credit: Neil Zeller Photography) (CNW Group/Prostate Cancer Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141023_C2259_PHOTO_EN_7019.jpg
SOURCE: Prostate Cancer Canada
For further information: Hilary Lawton, APEX Public Relations, [email protected], 416-934-2123