June 18, 2013, Richmond, BC (ISN) – Sunday, thousands of students from Richmond, Vancouver and Delta-area school districts joined Canadian athletes for a hands-on lesson in the power of sport and the universal Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect during the 2013 Olympic Day Fair at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The high-energy event, which involved 15 sport-specific stations as well as five physical literacy and activity stations, kicked-off Canada’s official week of celebrations surrounding International Olympic Day, which occurs annually on June 23rd.
“Canadian Olympic athletes represent the very best of who we are as a nation and today’s celebration is the perfect opportunity to share their stories and lessons with our youth,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Family, thank you and congratulations to the organizers, volunteers and participants of the Olympic Day festivities.”
“Any time thousands of kids can get introduced to different sports and have the chance to meet Canadian Paralympic and Olympic athletes, it’s a great win for our country,” added Gaétan Tardif, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “I know many students were inspired today and motivated to keep active – and perhaps even dream of one day representing Canada! Thank you to the Richmond Olympic Oval and the Canadian Olympic Committee for including Paralympic athletes and sports today at this phenomenal event.”