Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

May 31, 2006 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian National Swim Team to Help Red Cross Kick off Water Safety Week with a Splash!

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) - The past, present and future of swimming in Canada will come together at a press conference in Vancouver on Thursday, June 1, 2006, when officials from the Canadian Red Cross, Swimming Canada, and the Canadian National Swim Team will announce the start of the Bell Grand Prix-Mel Zajac International Swim Meet, launch Water Safety Week (June 4 - 10), and celebrate the Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Program's 60th Anniversary.

Red Cross and Swimming Canada will also use this opportunity to announce a new multi-year partnership that will see both organizations reaching out to Canadians with important messages of safety, fitness and a life-long love of water.

Representatives from Canadian Red Cross, Swimming Canada, and members of Canada's national swim team will be available for interviews following the event.

What: Press Conference and Photo Opportunity

When: Thursday, June 1, 2006

Where: University of British Columbia Aquatics Centre
British Empire Outdoor Pool, Room 100
War Memorial, Vancouver BC (map attached)

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Who: Brent Hayden, Canadian swimming champion
Rob Dyke, Canadian swimming champion/Aquathon
Charmaine Crooks, Canadian track and field champion
Pierre Lafontaine, CEO/Head Coach, Swimming Canada
Dr. Pierre Duplessis,Secretary General, Canadian Red Cross
Red Cross Swim program participants (children)

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

- Canadian Olympic athletes/Canadian National Swim Team members

- Canadian Red Cross officials and Red Cross Swim participants (children)

- Swimming Canada officials

Contact Information

  • Canadian Red Cross
    Alice Bradbury d'Anjou
    A/Manager, Media Relations
    (613) 740-1928 or Cell: (613) 222-6196
    Canadian Red Cross
    Kathleen Killen
    Public Affairs Advisor, Lower Mainland, B.C.
    (604) 709-6616 or Cell: (604) 839-8941
    Swimming/Natation Canada
    Richard Martin
    Communications Manager
    (613) 260-1348 ext. 2002 or Cell: (613) 725-4339