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Basketball coach named as RBC’s first British Columbia Torchbearer

VANCOUVER, March 5, 2009 — Shelley Deacon, RBC's first British Columbia Torchbearer, has pledged to create stronger communities by coaching a basketball team at the school where she teaches.

"I think that all athletes are amazing. It is inspiring to see how athletes push themselves to be the best they can be. The Olympic Games embody this spirit and I'd like to thank RBC for giving me the chance to be a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay," said Shelley Deacon. "I really enjoy coaching, being a mentor to my students and I am excited to share this experience with them."

Deacon is in her second year of teaching at an elementary school in east Vancouver. She has become a committed basketball coach to a group of grade seven girls and plans to continue her responsibility while on maternity leave. By giving her students the chance to play high quality, high level sports and teaching them the skills and sportsmanship required in competition, Deacon hopes that they will advance to high school having a strong sense of self-worth.

"We are pleased to announce Shelley Deacon as our first B.C. Torchbearer," said Graham MacLachlan, British Columbia regional president, RBC. "Anyone can be part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. We encourage British Columbians to share in this thrill of a lifetime by entering our contest at rbc.com/carrythetorch to be a torchbearer and win the ultimate Olympic experience."

RBC will award over 2,300 Olympic Torchbearer spots through this contest which runs from November 21, 2008 to July 15, 2009. To enter, pledge to create a better Canada at rbc.com/carrythetorch.

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will begin its journey to Vancouver on October 30, 2009, when the flame arrives in Victoria, BC following the traditional lighting ceremony in Olympia, Greece. The Olympic Flame will then travel from coast to coast to coast through every province and territory in Canada - spanning 45,000 kilometres, 1,000 communities, over 106 days. It will end at the B.C. Place on February 12, 2010, with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across the country at their own pace with millions more cheering and supporting them. Applicants will be asked to select where in Canada they want to carry the Olympic Flame. Torchbearer applicants must be a resident of Canada, aged 13 or older. Full contest rules and regulations are available on the website at rbc.com/carrythetorch.

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For more information, please contact:
Christie Smith, (604) 665-4031


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