The You Win, You Choose! Contest Winner Announced


The “You Win, You Choose” contest winner has been named. Melinda Dennison of Port Hardy, British Columbia, who became a member of Canada’s Swim Team during the campaign launch in July, was randomly selected as the winner.

Canada’s Swim Team, a new movement in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society Canada and the Canadian Medical Association encourages Canadians to learn to swim.

Any Canadian who can swim or is willing to learn can join Canada’s Swim Team at

Contest winner Melinda Dennison can attest to the importance of swimming and the opportunities it can offer. A swimmer all of her life, Dennison grew up to love the water and took swimming lessons at the local outdoor pool in Gold River on Vancouver Island in the summer months. As soon as an indoor pool was constructed in 1992, Dennison became a lifeguard. Now a mom and Aquatics Coordinator at the pool in Port Hardy, Melinda is passing on her passion and love for the water to her daughter who is also a member of Canada’s Swim Team.

“I believe it is so important to take swimming lessons living so close to water in Port Hardy. As a parent, it was my drive to make sure my daughter had the skills to survive and be safe in and around the water as you can NEVER underestimate the power of water” says Dennison.

In addition to all the great benefits of joining Canada’s Swim Team, including access to the Team Kitchen, ticket offers & event information, Canadians who joined before August 3rd 2013 were eligible to win an incredible vacation, which includes round-trip airfare and at least five nights’ accommodation (room & tax only) for four compliments of IHG.

Canada’s Swim Team?
Canada’s Swim Team is for anyone who can swim or is willing to learn! ?It’s for Canadians young and old, able-bodied or with a disability. Our goal is for every Canadian child to swim at least 25 metres non-stop by the age of 12. This will have a monumental impact on both the safety and fitness levels of Canadian kids. Joining Canada’s Swim Team is free, and it will make sure you’re counted as part of the World’s Largest Swim Team!

The “You Win, You Choose!” contest was sponsored by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) one of the world’s largest hotel companies with a grand prize of a trip for four to any of its properties in the continental U.S. or Canada including the InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels, Holiday Inn Resort® Hotels, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Express® Hotels, Staybridge Suites® Hotels or Candlewood Suites® Hotels brands.

Scott Harrigan
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