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Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame inductees announced

TORONTO —  Olympic heroes Jean-Luc Brassard, Daniel Igali, Beckie Scott, the 2006 women’s hockey team and 2010 men’s hockey team, as well as coach Julie Sauvé and builder Sarah Burke will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced today. In addition, past Canadian Olympic Committee President Michael Chambers will receive the Canadian Olympic Order.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee is very proud of this exceptional class of inductees,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “We look forward to celebrating their achievements and the success of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team from September 19 in Ottawa to September 21 in Toronto for a parade with our Olympic heroes and the 2012 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony.”

“I couldn’t be happier with this induction,” said Scott. “To have competed for Canada at the Olympic Games and now to be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame is truly an honour. I deeply appreciative of the career I had in sport and also for this amazing recognition.”

“It’s a real honour to be joining so many incredible athletes as one of this year’s inductees into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame,” said Brassard. “I already felt very privileged to be part of the Canadian Olympic family, and this honour is more than I ever dreamed of.”

“The 2006 Olympic team was probably the most talented Team Canada I ever played on,” said team captain Cassie Campbell-Pascall. “We had a great group of veterans and there was an influx of great young talent. To win gold in a convincing fashion was the product of so much passion and commitment from every single player and staff member. It’s hard to believe 6 years have passed already, but this is an honor for our team to be singled out like this as inductees to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.”

“The 2006 women’s team and the 2010 men’s team were both very special, taking on the world and winning,” said Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada President and Chief Executive Officer. “Those two teams belong enshrined with the very best in Canadian Olympians and I applaud their induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.”

“Sarah was one of those extraordinary women who believed that anything was possible,” said Burke’s mother Jan Phelan. “I think that her belief not only helped her succeed, but inspired others to be the best that they could be. I know that Sarah would be happy that all she worked for and sought to achieve is being honoured with her induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

“Coaching the national team for 30 years, through so many amazing athletes, routines, and competitions has been as fulfilling a career as one could dream of,” said Sauvé. “Today, I am truly honoured that I will join so many others whose career has been shaped by a continued search for excellence, both in others and in themselves.”

“It has been my good fortune to personally experience and see the incredible power for good that is brought to this world by the Olympic Rings,” said Chambers. “It has been my privilege, through those Rings, to help bring about positive change for Canadian athletes and coaches from all regions and corners of our country. It has been an honour to serve these many years, just as it is now an honour to be named to the Canadian Olympic Order.”
The 2012 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place September 21 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, capping off a week of activities from Ottawa to Toronto.

Backgrounder

Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame
The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes, teams, coaches and builders who have served the cause of the Olympic Movement with distinction. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1948 and boasts 411 athletes, teams, coaches and builders.

Nominees must have participated in sports, or contributed to the growth and development of sports, which were on the program of the Olympic or Pan American Games during their career and may come from either individual or team sports. Nominees must also have been Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada over the course of their careers.
A selection committee appointed by the Canadian Olympic Committee will evaluate nominees on the basis of the significance and scope of their achievements, their dedication to their sport, the consistency of their performance, and personal qualities that reflect the COC Values on and off the field of play. A maximum of five nominees will be selected annually for induction into the Hall of Fame. There are no automatic inductions.

Athletes
Athletes inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame must have achieved significant success in international competition over a five-year period, and be retired from international competition for a minimum of five years.

Teams
Teams inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame consist of three or more athletes competing together who have achieved significant success in international competition and must be retired, as a team, from international competition for a minimum of five years.

Coaches
Coaches inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame must have achieved significant success in international competition over an extended period of time.

Builders
Builders inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame may be active or inactive at the time of their nomination.  Personsnominated as builders must have been internationally successful over a significant period of time.

Canadian Olympic Order
The Canadian Olympic Order is the highest honour awarded to a recipient for contributions to the Olympic Movement in Canada, recognizing those individuals who have served the Olympic Movement with distinction. It is awarded to those who have demonstrated remarkable merit in the sporting world, either through personal achievement or contribution to the development of sport.

2012 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony
The Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony is the centre of Hall of Fame activities and will take place at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre September 21. Athletes, coaches, teams and builders will be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Combining first-class entertainment and Olympic sport heroes, it will be the biggest, most unique event in Toronto.

Event Co-Chairs are former Ontario Premier David Peterson and Jennifer Tory, RBC President, Greater Toronto Area. The special Honourary Chair will be Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

There is an entire week of community events planned to bring this event to the fans. This is the official welcome home for your 2012 Canadian Olympic Team and they will be visiting hospitals, schools, communities and Parliament Hill, all leading up to a giant parade in downtown Toronto before the Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the Air Canada Centre September 21, 2012.

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