Olympic successes to be celebrated

Red Deer will play a big role in helping Canada turn the page on its successes at the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games in early June.

Red Deer will play a big role in helping Canada turn the page on its successes at the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games in early June.

The city will be one of four Alberta centres taking part in the Celebration of Excellence, as more than 200 Olympians and Paralympians will descend on Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary and Banff to talk with students and visit hospitals and Ronald McDonald House.

In Red Deer, 17 schools will be visited by two athletes each.

For the Canadian Olympic Committee, this is just one way they hope to inspire the next generation of athletes.

“It’s about celebrating our athletes and celebrating their success in Sochi and bringing that spirit to Alberta,” said Derek Kent, the committee’s chief marketing officer.

“We all know there are many Olympians who train in Calgary and the surrounding area. We all know it’s a great sports province and we want to recognize their contributions.”

There is no word yet on which athletes will visit which location, though they do like to get athletes into schools close to where they are from.

Red Deer and area sent several athletes to Sochi, including Zina Kocher (biathlon), Mellisa Hollingsworth (skeleton), Lyndon Rush (bobsled), Danielle Wotherspoon (speedskating), though their involvement has not yet been confirmed.

On June 4, the athletes will be honoured in the House of Commons and then they will be flown out to the four Alberta communities — the celebrations rotate with each Olympiad — for The Heroes Tour on June 5. The celebrations will continue on June 6 with the Sochi 2014 Parade of Champions in Calgary and will wrap up with the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame gala and induction ceremony later that night.

This year’s inductees are gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, speedskater Cindy Klassen, the men’s eight rowing team of 2008, speedskating coach Marcel Lacroix, hockey coach Pat Quinn, and late former Alberta premier Ralph Klein.

There will be much for the COC to celebrate, especially considering its recent successes at the games, finishing third overall in Sochi with 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals.

“There were so many great stories … so many outstanding performances, the goal is having all those athletes spread out in the Calgary, Edmonton and surrounding areas, including Red Deer, and sharing that message of what it took to be an Olympian, hopefully inspiring the next generation of Olympians,” said Kent. “Young kids look at these athletes as their heroes and that’s what it’s all about.”

jaldrich@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Physicians urge Ottawa to pay another $21B over decade for seniors health care

OTTAWA — Physicians are calling on the federal government to shell out… Continue reading

‘I didn’t want to do something frivolous’: Sting’s play to make Toronto debut

TORONTO — Drawing Canadian theatregoers to a politically charged musical about an… Continue reading

Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

TOKYO — The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on… Continue reading

Statistics Canada reports manufacturing sales up 1.4 per cent in May

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales increased 1.4 per cent to… Continue reading

Former Mountie who fired Taser at Robert Dziekanski drops appeal of sentence

VANCOUVER — The former RCMP constable who fired a Taser at a… Continue reading

Updated: SUV smashes through fences and deck in Anders

Driver taken to hospital after SUV veered off 30th Avenue into Anders

Adam Henrique signs $29.1M, 5-year extension with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Adam Henrique has signed a $29.1 million, five-year… Continue reading

Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends

NEW YORK — Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was… Continue reading

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too

The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have… Continue reading

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business… Continue reading

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber falls to Bryce Harper in Home Run Derby final

WASHINGTON — Nationals Park was eerily quiet late Monday when Kyle Schwarber… Continue reading

Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

HONOLULU — An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent… Continue reading

Banff holds blessing ceremony with Indigenous elders before letting bison roam

BANFF, Alta. — Several Indigenous elders were flown by helicopter into the… Continue reading

Research expedition looks at unseen depths of Labrador Sea ecosystem

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Last summer, a team of scientists returned from… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month