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October 31, 2006 14:00 ET

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton and Visa Announce 2007 National Team

Team's blend of experience and youth shows great promise for World and Europa Cups

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 31, 2006) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via CCNMatthews.

Visa joined Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton today at the Olympic Hall of Fame in Calgary to announce team rosters for the 2006-2007 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World, Europa and North America's Cup teams.

Demonstrating its ongoing support and commitment to Canada's sliding sport athletes, Visa presented each member of the national and developmental Bobsleigh and Skeleton teams with welcome bonuses. Visa's sponsorship, which has helped provide coaching and equipment, has contributed to the programs' success and seen the athletes achieve podium finishes in international competitions.

"Congratulations to this year's Bobsleigh and Skeleton teams," said Brenda Woods, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Visa Canada. "Visa is a long-time supporter of amateur athletes in Canada, and we are thrilled to continue to build our relationship with the Bobsleigh and Skeleton teams. It takes a tremendous amount of work to compete at an elite level and these athletes represent an incredible level of dedication."

The members of the 2007 Canadian Bobsleigh men's and women's teams are:

- Hugh Baker - Jillian Halligan - Kaillie Simundson
- Kaylyn Best - Trevor Irwin - Amanda Stepenko
- David Bissett - Ken Kotyk - Lisa Szabon
- Lascelles Brown - Justin Kripps - Alex Torbert
- Shelly - Anne Brown - Chris LeBihan - Helen Upperton
- Jeff Burgess - Pierre Lueders - Nadine Walker
- Jenny Ciochetti - Mike Ransky - Kelly Wells
- Jaime Cruickshank - Lyndon Rush - Justin Wilkinson
- Serge Despres - Jillian Salus - Adam Wood
- Rob Gray

The members of the 2007 Canadian Skeleton men's and women's teams are:

- Lindsay Alcock - Michelle Kelly - Jeff Pain
- Paul Boehm - Steve Leason - Carla Pavan
- Mike Douglas - Keith Loach - Sarah Reid
- Kelly Forbes - Brooke MacDonald - Scott Thompson
- Amy Gough - Emily Malcolm - Jovan Vujinovic
- Mellisa - Jon Montgomery

Visa Canada has been a proud supporter of Canada's Men's Bobsleigh Team since 1992, the Women's Bobsleigh Team since 2000, and in 2004, became the first-ever corporate sponsor of the Canadian Men's and Women's Skeleton Teams.

"A sincere thank you goes out to Visa Canada for their generous support of our athletes and the Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton program," said Chris Farstad, Executive Director, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. "Visa's contributions give our athletes a competitive advantage by providing them with more resources to help balance rigorous training schedules with day-to-day responsibilities."

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Note: Photo and full list of BCS athletes will be available on CP wire following the event.

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