Vancouver Hosts the Olympic Academy of Canada June 21 to 27

    VANCOUVER, June 19 /CNW/ - The 20th session of the Olympic Academy of
Canada (OAC) will see 50 young sport leaders from across the country converge
on Vancouver, Host City for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, next
    The Olympic Academy of Canada is a biannual leadership development
program designed for current and future sport and community leaders that
provides delegates with exceptional opportunities to learn about and discuss
the achievements, issues and current status of the Olympic Movement.
    Delegates include professional and volunteer sport administrators,
athletes, coaches, officials, corporate representatives, teachers, university
students, journalists and individuals who have a specific interest in sport
and Olympism. This year's delegates will participate in workshops, discussion
sessions along with sport and cultural activities all related to 2008 OAC
theme of "Making A Difference".
    The week-long program will see a distinguished lineup of speakers share
their experiences of how sport and the Olympic Movement have made difference
in their lives and how they continue to make a difference. The Olympic
Movement inspires, challenges and empowers the delegates to make a difference
themselves. Speakers include Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) CEO Chris Rudge,
International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound, Olympian and Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
Executive Vice President Cathy Priestner Allinger along with Paralympian and
Canadian Paralympic Committee President Carla Qualtrough.
    Members of the media interested in attending either of the two sessions
below are asked to RSVP with the Canadian Olympic Committee by 13h00 Monday,
June 23:

    Tuesday, June 24      Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall, University of
                          British Columbia

    10h00 - Making a Difference - an International Perspective
    -   Andy Hibbert - Sr Teaching Fellow, Dept of Sports Dev't and
        Recreation, Univ. of Bath, GBR
    -   Eli Wolff - Paralympian, USA ('96 & '04, soccer) and Mgr, Research
        and Advocacy Ctr for the Study of Sport in Society, North Eastern
    -   Reele Remmelkoor - Director, Estonian Olympic Academy

    13h00 - Chef de Mission Panel
    -   Sally Rehorick - Chef de Mission, 2002 Olympic Winter Games
    -   Tricia Smith - Chef de Mission, 2007 Pan American Games
    -   Dr. Gene Sutton - Chef de Mission, 2003 Pan American Games

    Olympic Academy of Canada

    The Olympic Academy of Canada is a biannual leadership development
program designed for Canadians with a strong interest in the Olympic Movement.
This program provides current and future sport leaders with exceptional
opportunities to learn about and discuss the aspirations, achievements, issues
and current status of the Olympic Movement with people from other sports and
within the Olympic family.
    Hosted by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), this is a residential
conference which brings together 50 of the finest young leaders in the country
and is considered a key milestone in the development model for sport leaders
within Canada. It is compliment to the provincial academies and prerequisite
to the International Olympic Academy (IOA).

    Canadian Olympic Committee

    The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) 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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