Over forty athletes will gather at Parc
Jean-Drapeau in Montreal on June 7th to celebrate the 100 days before the
opening ceremonies of the Sydney Olympic Games and to receive their share
of the Canadian Olympic Association's (COA) Athletes Fund.
An information session on the upcoming Olympic Games will be part of the
event. Similar sessions for athletes will take place in National Sport
Centres and in selected training camps across the country. "The athletes
have many questions before the Games and we have created this opportunity
to meet them in person and to provide them with the information they need
to optimize their preparation," said Sue Hylland, Team Captain of the
The COA's Athletes Fund supports world-ranked Olympian and Pan American
athletes in financial need. Approximately $988,990 will be distributed to
221 athletes over the next couple of months. The Fund has committed four
million dollars over four years (1997-2000), making it the largest private
sector financial contribution to Canadian athletes.
The cheques will be presented to approximately thirty athletes including
Maryse Turcotte (weightlifting), Benoit Gaudet (boxing), Yannick Lupien
(swimming), Philippe Comtois (diving), Luce Baillageon (judo), Kwaku
Boateng (athletics), Marie-Luc Arpin (water-polo), Christine Boudrias
(short track speed skating), Kristy Sargeant (figure skating) and Stephane
Rochon (freestyle skiing).
Carol Anne Letheren, chief executive officer of the COA, says the Fund
will provide athletes with much needed financial support that will help
them achieve their goals at this summer's Olympic Games in Sydney,
The COA, a private, not-for-profit corporation, is the largest private
sector funder of amateur sport in Canada. Its board of directors includes
representatives of the National Federations of every Olympic and Pan Am
sport. 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. In addition, the COA manages a wide variety of programs
that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means. Please visit our web site at www.coa.ca.