Victoria, BC (ISN) – With less than 40 days to go until the start of the 2012 Olympic Games and just over 70 days from the Paralympic Games, BC-based athletes, coaches and mission staff living and training in Greater Victoria were feted with well wishes at LIFT-OFF TO LONDON.
LIFT-OFF TO LONDON was hosted by Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, and more than 30 athletes, coaches and mission staff set to compete in London gathered at Victoria’s Empress Hotel to be honoured for their commitment to represent Canada.
“The B.C. Government is proud to support high performance athletes such as our Olympians and Paralympians through the province’s Integrated Performance System,” said Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “Their skills, dedication, and passion are enormously admirable, and I know that the whole province will be cheering them on in London.”
It takes a community to build a champion, and the support provided by both representatives from the sport system and family members who attended LIFT-OFF TO LONDON bodes well for this summer’s games.
“At Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, it is our mandate to ensure athletes have every advantage they need to compete and win medals for Canada,” said Wendy Pattenden, Canadian Sport Centre Chief Executive Officer. “Our team is made up of many technical experts from across BC who work with national team athletes and their coaches on a daily basis to create optimal training environments to power podium performances.”
The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams are in their final preparations for London and BC athletes will play a leading role as Canada aims to finish in the Top 12 nations of the world this summer.
“For a province that represents only 13% of our national population, BC will be sending over 40% of the athletes that make up the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic teams,” added Pattenden. “We expect that BC-based athletes could bring home up to 50% of Canada’s medals in London.”
While the team lists for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams are not yet finalized, current estimates for BC-based athletes who either hail from or train regularly in Greater Victoria are as follows: 15% of the entire Olympic team and 38% of the BC-based athletes headed to the Olympic Games; 5% of the full Paralympic team and 15% of the BC-based athletes who will compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
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, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Coaching Association of Canada 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. For more information, please visit www.cscpacific.ca.