Karyo Edelman

November 14, 2007 12:50 ET

Finish Line in Sight as Gold Medal Plates Passes Halfway Mark in Support of Canadian Olympians and Paralympians

More than $1.5 million raised to date toward $3 million goal

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2007) -

Editors Note: Photos for this release will be available following the event on the CP picture wire via CCNMatthews.

Canadians have helped raise more than $1.5 million as part of Gold Medal Plates, a national fundraising initiative designed to contribute $3 million to Canadian Olympians and Paralympians by 2010 through the Canadian Olympic Foundation, which supports the Road to Excellence and Own the Podium sport technical initiatives.

A cheque in the amount of $626,589.16 will be presented in Vancouver today by Gold Medal Plates CEO and Founder Stephen Leckie on behalf of the Canadian Olympic Foundation to Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Rudge and Canadian Olympians and Paralympians. Today's cheque adds to the nearly $900,000 raised over the last three years through Gold Medal Plates.

The cheque presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. on November 14 in the Currents Lounge of the Westin Bayshore Hotel prior to the main Gold Medal Plates event, and will feature Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes including Simon Whitfield, Kyle Shewfelt, Lauren Woolstencroft and Adam van Koeverden.

"Canada will host the world in 2010, and ensuring our athletes have the tools and resources to be their best is a goal all Canadians share," says Leckie, "Gold Medal Plates is a tangible way to engage Canadians across the country in excitement on the road to 2008 and 2010."

"Gold Medal Plates demonstrates to our Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that Canadians are committed to their development, passionate about their journey, and proud to have them represent us on the world stage," says Rudge.

"There is no better time to be a Canadian athlete with Olympic or Paralympic dreams," says Simon Whitfield, Olympic gold medallist in Triathlon. "By supporting Gold Medal Plates, Canadians are illustrating their support for what we're doing, and support for our quest to win in Beijing, Vancouver, London and beyond."

Founded in 2003, Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in food, wine, and athletic achievement. Celebrated in 2007 in seven cities across Canada including Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, Gold Medal Plates features premier chefs in each city paired with Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes, in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation-wide. Wine auctions, silent auctions and live auctions are held to help raise additional funds.

GE and EPCOR are title sponsors of Gold Medal Plates. For more information on Gold Medal Plates, visit goldmedalplates.com.

About Own the Podium

Own the Podium 2010 (OTP) is a collaborative winter sport technical initiative of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), Sport Canada and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). OTP is designed to support Canada's 13 winter National Sport Organizations to help Canada become the number one nation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in terms of total medals and to place among the top three (gold medal count) at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler.

About Road to Excellence

Road to Excellence (RTE) is a collaborative summer sport technical initiative of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and Sport Canada. RTE is designed to provide technical support and assistance to targeted summer National Sport Organizations to prepare athletes for future Olympic and Paralympic Games The goal for RTE is for Canada to place among the top 12 nations at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and to place among the top five nations at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

About the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates event

Time: Media event and cheque presentation: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner and auction: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Westin Bayshore, Currents Lounge

Contact Information

  • Edelman Vancouver
    Paul Welsh
    (604) 761-5349
    GE Canada
    Kim Warburton
    (416) 561-8316
    Canadian Olympic Committee
    Steve Keogh
    (416) 324-4146
    Jay Shukin
    (250) 882-5188