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RBC seeks Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes for its community ambassador program

Opportunity to share experiences with Canadians, get financial aid and garner vital career skills

TORONTO, June 15, 2010—  RBC today announced its annual search for national team athletes or retired Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes to be a part of the RBC Olympians Program. Now in its ninth year, the program provides Canadian athletes with valuable work experience and funding to help them succeed in competition and in life after sport.

"Sharing my Olympic experience and personal passion for sport with Canadians is thrilling and I feel like I am truly making an impact," said Jennifer Botterill, RBC Olympian. "RBC appreciates the demands facing athletes today, offering flexible work schedules, generous funding and relevant career training. The RBC Olympians Program helps athletes like me succeed, whether it's starting a new career or competing for Canada at the Olympic Games."

The RBC Olympians Program encourages athletes to act as community ambassadors in cities and towns across Canada - to share past experiences and Olympic accomplishments with students, communities, clients and employees. These athlete ambassadors work to champion and raise awareness about the importance of sport in daily life, inspiring the next generation to be physically active, make healthy decisions and participate in sports, no matter the level.

RBC is looking for a number of national team athletes or retired Olympians and Paralympians to apply for the RBC Olympians Program, in major cities across Canada for a one-year contract beginning in September 2010. The deadline for applications is July 19, 2010. More information about the RBC Olympians Program can be found at www.rbc.com/sponsorship/rbcolympians.

Committed to supporting amateur sport in Canada from grassroots to elite-level athletes, RBC has had over 140 Olympic and Paralympic athletes participate in the program since its inception in 2002. Some of the athletes who have participated include: Jennifer Botterill, Ice Hockey, 2002, 2006 and 2010 gold medalist; Shelley-Ann Brown, Bobsleigh, 2010 silver medalist; Scott Frandsen, Rowing, 2004 Olympian and 2008 silver medalist; Jared Funk, Wheelchair Rugby, 2004 silver medalist and 2008 bronze medalist; Kara Grant, Modern Pentathlon, 2004 and 2008 Olympian; Marie-Eve Marleau, Diving, 2008 Olympian; Kristi Richards, Freestyle Skiing (Moguls), 2006 and 2010 Olympian.

"As the longest-standing corporate supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, RBC understands the need to provide athletes with the financial support to help them reach the podium as well as valuable work experience for a career after sport," said Chris Overholt, chief operating officer, Canadian Olympic Committee.

RBC AND AMATEUR SPORT
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 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 or for an interview with a past member of the RBC Olympians Program, please contact:

Jackie Braden,
RBC, Sponsorship Communications, 416-974-1724