Two Female Olympians Join FitSpirit Team

    Emilie Heymans and Kathy Tremblay to Inspire Young Women To Participate
    in Sport

    TORONTO and MONTREAL, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - Today, FitSpirit announced that
Emilie Heymans, three-time Olympic Medalist in diving, and Kathy Tremblay,
Olympian and Triathlete, have joined the team as motivational speakers, who
speak to young women about the importance and value of sport. The current
FitSpirit team includes a wide variety of exceptional female athletes who use
their experiences to speak to young women about adopting an active, healthy
and well-balanced lifestyle.
    "FitSpirit is thrilled to have Emilie and Kathy join our growing team, as
it helps us get our message out to more young girls about the importance of
athletics in their life," said Claudine LaBelle, founder of FitSpirit. "At
FitSpirit, we are looking to bring role models like Emilie and Kathy to share
their experiences with sport, nutrition and life. Young women need inspiration
and we have a team that shows them how to elevate their lives through sport."
    "Empowering young women to see the value of sport in their lives is
fulfilling," said Emilie Heymans. "The more girls there are playing sports,
creates more self-confident women we will have in the world. I am proud to be
a part of the FitSpirit team and tell young women about my experiences and how
they changed my life."
    Emilie Heymans, a three-time Olympic Silver Medalist, secured a medal in
10M platform diving at the 2008 Bejing Olympics. At the 2004 Athens Olympics,
Emilie won a bronze medal in the 10M synchro diving event with partner Blythe
Hartley. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Emilie won a silver medal in the 10M
synchro diving event with partner Anne Montminy. For further details on Emilie
please visit:
    "Showing girls that being active is not only empowering but also cool,"
said Kathy Tremblay. "FitSpirit provides a positive way to reach young women
in building their confidence to see the value of exercise, sport and
    Kathy Tremblay, an Olympian and Triathlete, finished third in May 2006 in
the Mazatlan World Cup, making her the only Canadian woman to have a World Cup
podium finish. She finished second at the 2008 Pan American Championships in
the USA, and won the National Championship in 2007. For further details on
Kathy please visit:
    FitSpirit currently has a strong roster of female athletes, who conduct
presentations, physical activity sessions, and FitSpirit challenges, such as
the upcoming Snow Challenge at the Stoneham Mountain Resort on February 20th
where two hundred girls are expected. Other athletes include: Isabelle Baird,
an Olympic Triathlete, Andréanne Dumas-Lamarche, a river surfer, Andréanne
Ethier-Chiasson, a champion wakeboarder, Audrey Lemieux, a cycling champion,
Jennifer Botterill, Jayna Hefford, Cheryl Pounder and Sami Jo Small, all
two-time Olympic Gold medalists in hockey, Tracey Ferguson, a paralympic
athlete in basketball and athletism, Molly Killingbeck, a silver Olympic
medalist in Track & Field, Manon Jutras, an Olympic cyclist, Anouk
Leblanc-Boucher, a two-time Olympic medalist in speed skating and Annie
Martin, an international beach volleyball player.

    The FitSpirit program focuses on promoting health and physical activity
among female teenagers between 13 and 17 years old. FitSpirit presents
seminars at schools in Quebec and Ontario. Since 2007, FitSpirit has had an
audience of more than 25,000 female students in Quebec and Ontario. The female
teenage membership for FitSpirit is 3,000 and growing. For more information

For further information:

For further information: Sarah Thompson, PUNCH Canada, (647) 837-1266,

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