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Thirty-seven Olympic and Paralympic athletes to participate in RBC Olympians Program

TORONTO, October 17, 2008 — RBC today announced 37 exceptional Canadian athletes who will join the RBC Olympians team for the upcoming year.

The RBC Olympians Program is a national initiative providing elite athletes an opportunity to gain career-oriented experience alongside a flexible work schedule, which gives them the time necessary to train and compete. The career skills and experiences gained from working at RBC will benefit these athletes in different stages of their careers.

"I am delighted to be an RBC Olympian and have the chance to hone my skills both in my sport and in the workplace. This program offers the financial support and flexibility a world-class athlete needs to achieve their goals," said freestyle skier Sylvia Kerfoot. "Another wonderful advantage of the RBC Olympians program is that it allows me to share my Olympic experience and passion for sport with people across the country."

This year's RBC Olympians are a collection of hopefuls and medalists, such as Crispin Lipscomb (snowboard), Shelly Ann Brown (bobsleigh), Beijing 2008 Olympic Games gold medallist Adam Kreek (rowing) and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games bronze medallist Benoît Huot (Paralympic swimming).

"Initiatives like the RBC Olympians Program help ease the complex financial and training demands that amateur athletes face in today's highly competitive world," said Kerfoot.

As Canada's longest standing corporate supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, RBC has been helping create Olympic champions since 1947. Through the RBC Olympians Program, the athletes act as community ambassadors across the country, sharing their Olympic and Paralympic Games experiences, as well as current aspirations with schools and community groups, RBC clients and employees. RBC Olympians also help raise awareness and support for amateur sport, inspiring Canadians to be physically fit and participate in sports at all levels.

RBC Olympians for the next year are:

British Columbia

  • Rachel Jonat, rowing
  • Andrea Holmes, Paralympic athletics
  • Anthony Wright, field hockey
  • Anne-Marie Lefrançois, alpine skiing
  • Sylvia Kerfoot, freestyle skiing
  • Adam Kreek, rowing
  • Kristi Richards, freestyle skiing
  • Josh Dueck, Paralympic alpine skiing
  • Ravi Kahlon, field hockey
  • Chris Wong, freestyle skiing
  • Crispin Lipscomb, snowboard


  • Shelley Ann Brown, bobsleigh
  • Brad Spence, alpine skiing
  • Meaghan Mikkelson, ice hockey
  • Steven Elm, speed skating
  • Colleen Sostorics, ice hockey
  • Blythe Hartley, diving


  • Fiona Smith, ice hockey
  • Kelsie Hendry, athletics


  • Jennifer Botterill, ice hockey
  • Jayna Hefford, ice hockey
  • Kimberly Orr, judo
  • Fatih Stanley, athletics
  • Mike Woods, athletics
  • Jeff Bean, freestyle skiing
  • Gillian Apps, ice hockey


  • Martine Albert, biathlon
  • Lyne Tremblay, Paralympic archery
  • Tania Vincent, speed skating
  • Benoît Huot, Paralympic swimming
  • Sandra Lizé, water polo
  • Dominique Maltais, snowboard

Atlantic Region

  • Alex Duckworth, snowboard
  • David Kikuchi, gymnastics
  • Hugh Smith, gymnastics
  • Lisa Ross, sailing
  • Richard Dalton, canoeing

More information on the RBC Olympians can be found at www.rbc.com/sponsorship/rbcolympians.html.

RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots events in local communities to national sport associations that support the development of amateur athletes who compete at home and abroad. As the longest-standing supporter of Canada's Olympic Team, since 1947, RBC continues this sponsorship to include the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. RBC is also a Premier Sponsor of Hockey Canada, the Canadian Snowboard Team, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

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For more information, please contact:
Jackie Braden,
RBC, Media Relations, (416) 974-2124


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