October 16, 2014

2015 YEAR OF SPORT: THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE APPLAUDS HARPER GOVERNMENT’S INITIATIVE

TORONTO – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris Overholt, joined the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), in a ceremony on Parliament Hill to proclaim 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada.

The Year of Sport is a proactive pan-Canadian initiative implemented to celebrate sport in Canada and the role it plays in enhancing the lives of Canadians from coast-to coast- to coast. During the year, sport events and other celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee is thrilled to help celebrate 2015 as the Year of Sport,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “As a leading sport nation, this is a great opportunity for us to draw attention to the power of sport and how it can better the lives of all Canadians.”

As it stands, the reach of sport in Canada has never been so extensive, making it fitting that 2015 has been designated as the Year of Sport. Over 12.5 million Canadians are involved in sport in various capacities and sport has also been identified as a key contributor to the quality of life in Canada. Moreover, there are some 30,000 sport clubs across Canada and 72 per cent of Canadians believe that sport is a key contributor to the quality of life in their communities.

For more information on the 2015 Year of Sport, please visit: http://bit.ly/1CrncHK

About the Canadian Olympic Committee:
The Canadian Olympic Committee leads the achievement of the Canadian Olympic Team’s podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada. Independent and predominantly privately funded, the Canadian Olympic Committee delivers resources that Canada’s elite athletes need to perform at their best and give their everything every day. The backbone of Canada’s Olympic movement, the Canadian Olympic Committee works with National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. By sharing our athletes’ stories, we inspire all Canadians through the power of sport: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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