BC Athletes and Coaches Look Forward to Podium Performances in London

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Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Wendy Pattenden, CEO of the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, was joined Tuesday by four London-bound BC athletes and coaches to discuss their preparation and expectations for the Games.

Randy Bennett, 2012 Olympic Team Head Coach with Swimming Natation Canada, Ryan Cochrane, 2008 Olympic bronze medallist in the 1500m freestyle (swimming), Martha McCabe, 2011 World Championships bronze medallist in the 200m breaststroke (swimming), and Robert (Bo) Hedges, Paralympic silver medallist in wheelchair basketball all spoke about the excitement of the London Games and their focus to achieve world-class performances.

BC athletes and coaches are in the final months of their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and they are looking forward to being part of Team Canada’s success this summer. Athletes with a BC connection are anticipated to make up to 30-40% of the Olympic and Paralympic team composition, yet are expected to achieve upwards of 50% of Canada’s medals this summer.

“Building on the success of BC athletes at the Beijing 2008 Games, and the momentum of Canada’s gold medal rush in 2010, CSC Pacific believes BC athletes and coaches are set to have a very successful Games in London,” said Wendy Pattenden, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Chief Executive Officer. “Our team of sport science professionals is working together with the athletes, coaches and our sport partners to help win more medals for Canada.”

The event also marked the unveiling of a new campaign focused on BC athletes headed to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. WE CAN, an online and social media initiative featuring Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, is intended to showcase the strength and determination of BC athletes as they aim to compete in London and inspire and motivate those of us here at home.

“Becoming an Olympic or Paralympic champion is an epic journey and test of character, will and determination,” said Pattenden. “WE CAN aims to highlight the human element of this journey, and showcase the personal side of each of our hometown heroes to help make each of them a familiar face as Canada readies to support their team in London.”

Powering Podium Performances: In partnership with the national network of Canadian Sport Centres and BC network of PacificSport Centres, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific delivers sport performance programs and services to help athletes and coaches win medals for Canada. Supported by the BC Sport Agency, the Province of BC, Sport Canada, Own the Podium 2010, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and corporate supporters, CSC Pacific is working with our national and provincial sport partners to create a stronger system for the development of athletes, coaches, integrated support teams and sport performance facilities. www.cscpacific.ca.

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