Photos from the events can be downloaded for editorial use here.

MONTREAL (June 8, 2018) — On Friday, Canadian Olympians, in conjunction with INS Québec/Jouez gagnant! in Montreal and the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, celebrated Olympic Day with students by engaging in sports and activities promoting the values of the Olympic Movement.

Olympic Day is not only a great opportunity for students to discover and try new sports, but also to learn about the Olympic values, and inspire them to adopt and maintain healthy active lifestyles. With over twenty Olympians in attendance, the two events provided participants the opportunity to engage with their Olympic and sport role models.

Students from Montreal and Richmond schools enjoyed many sports and activations including athletics, fencing, judo, snowboard, water polo, diving, gymnastics, speed skating, and many more.

The COC would like to recognize INS Québec, Jouez gagnant!, Olympic Park, ViaSport the Richmond Olympic Oval and all provincial sport organizations for their help in making this day possible.

International Olympic Day is celebrated worldwide annually on or around June 23rd in honour of the founding of the modern Olympic Games as a way to raise awareness of the Olympic Movement and values. In celebration of Olympic Day, the Canadian Olympic School Program has developed special resources to bring the Olympic Movement to communities across Canada. Free resources are available at olympic.ca/education and organizations can register their events at day.olympic.ca to join the celebrations.

QUOTES:

“Olympic Day is such a great initiative, where youth can learn about the Olympic values and engage in activity and sport. I know that we have inspired the next generation of Canadian Olympic heroes with the great work done here today!”

– Philippe Beaudry, two-time Olympian, Fencing

“Any chance I get to represent Team Canada in the community is special and being able to participate in Olympic Day is an extra-special opportunity. Sharing the Olympic values and importance of healthy, active living with students is one of the most important things I can do as an Olympic role model.”

– Hillary Caldwell, Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist, Swimming

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Joshua Su, Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel: 416-324-4303 / Cell: 647-464-4060
Email: jsu@olympic.ca

Photi Sotiropoulos, Director, Communications and Media Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
Tel: 416-324-4298 / Cell: 416-476-9174
Email: psotiropoulos@olympic.ca

Aran Kay, Program Manager, Marketing & Communications
Richmond Olympic Oval
Tel: 778-296-1441 / Cell: 604-346-7697
Email: akay@richmondoval.ca

Michelle Tice, Communications & Engagement Director
ViaSport
Tel: 778-655-1774 / Cell: 604-616-4657
Email: michellet@visasport.ca

Evelyne Déry, Communications, Coordinator
INS Québec
Tel: 514-255-1000 #243 / Cell: 514-668-2968