March 03, 2010 15:55 ET

Team KidSport Golden at Games

KidSport's team of athlete ambassadors bring home seven Olympic gold medals, inspire millions

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) - KidSport's team of athlete ambassadors contributed heavily to the record-breaking Canadian gold medal count at February's Olympic Winter Games, capturing seven medals in six events and inspiring millions of Canadians young and old through the power of sport.

Hailing from all over the country in disciplines as diverse as snowboardcross, hockey, and speed skating, the Team KidSport members who competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games included Emily Brydon (Fernie, BC), Rob Fagan (Cranbrook, BC), Charles and Francois Hamelin (Levis, QC), Jarome Iginla (Edmonton, AB), Mike Janyk (North Vancouver, BC), Denny Morrison (Chetwynd, BC), Steve Omischl (North Bay, ON), Maëlle Ricker (North Vancouver, BC) and Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon, SK).

"For the Team KidSport athletes representing us at the Olympic Games, achieving seven medals is an incredible statement," said Bart Given, KidSport Canada. "More importantly, however, are the millions of children from all corners of Canada who were inspired by the performances and sacrifices of all these elite athletes. We are proud they have chosen to align themselves with KidSport in order to give all children the opportunity to take that inspiration and pursue sport for themselves."

Some Team KidSport athletes have taken this support one step further. Prior to the Games, snowboarder Rob Fagan pledged to donate a portion of any funds won should he reach the podium and, following his gold medal win in the men's long track team pursuit, Denny Morrison announced he would auction off the Team Canada hockey jersey he wore during his victory lap with proceeds to KidSport.

"Without even knowing it, sport helped to develop my self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, and social skills, all the while just having fun playing with my friends," said Denny Morrison. "My parents made it a priority to find a way to pay for my club membership fees and make sure I had all the sporting equipment I needed. Looking back, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had those opportunities, and believe we should do all we can to give every kid the chance to experience the positive benefits of sport."

Since its inception, KidSport has enabled over 250,000 children to play sport across the country. Established by Sport BC in 1993, KidSport is now present in over 175 communities across Canada and continues to expand its reach to ensure children nationwide have the opportunity to experience the power of sport.

About KidSport:

KidSport is a community-based sports funding program that provides grants for financially disadvantaged children ages 6 to 18 to participate in amateur sport and learn valuable life lessons and skills. For more information about KidSport and how you can help in your community, please visit

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