Visa Canada Association

November 10, 2005 07:59 ET

Visa, Olympic and Paralympic greats launch Team Visa 2006

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic legends team up with tomorrow's sports heroes to launch Team Visa 2006 Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Sports Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2005) - Kurt Browning, Nathalie Lambert and Ian Balfour mentor the next generation of Team Visa Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls

Some of Canada's most unforgettable Olympic and Paralympic legends are coming together on November 10th to make their debut as Team Visa mentors, and to officially kick-off the Team Visa 2006 program. Team Visa will help aspiring Olympians and Paralympians prepare for one of the greatest athletic challenges of their lives - representing Canada at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Team Visa Mentors
Kurt Browning - Team Visa mentor, three-time Olympian, four-time Canadian Figure Skating Champion and four-time World Champion
Nathalie Lambert - Team Visa mentor, three-time Olympic medallist in short track speed skating
Ian Balfour - Team Visa mentor and three-time Paralympian and 2000 World Champion in alpine skiing

Team Visa Athletes
Colette Bourgonje, Nordic Skiing & Wheelchair Track (Regina, SK)
Jeffrey Buttle, Figure Skating (Barrie, ON)
Deidra Dionne, Freestyle Skiing Aerials (Red Deer, AB)
Brian McKeever, Nordic Skiing Paralympian (Canmore, AB)

Note: Team Visa members Jeff Christie (Luge), Danielle Goyette (Hockey) Clara Hughes (speed skating), and Emily Brydon (alpine skiing) are unable to attend due to training/competition schedules

Brenda Woods, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Visa Canada

Chris Rudge, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee

Visa will officially launch Team Visa 2006, and announce this year's Team Visa mentors and athletes.

Team Visa mentors Kurt Browning, Nathalie Lambert and Ian Balfour will all be on hand to share:
* how athletes were selected to be part of the team
* how they plan to assist and support Team Visa Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls
* how they plan to prepare these athletes physically and mentally on their road to the 2006 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games
* the highs and lows that mentors encountered during their own Olympic and Paralympic journeys

Team Visa Members and Mentors will be available to provide group, and one-on-one interviews.

Thursday, November 10, 2005
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Olympic Spirit Toronto
2nd Floor
35 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON

Team Visa mentors coach athletes during various interactive sport challenges at Olympic Spirit:
* Athletes will provide team and action shots for the media
/For further information: Mei Velasquez
Visa Canada Association
416-558-8215 (mobile)


Susannah Kilroy
Thornley Fallis Communications
416-515-7517 x249
647-297-5730 (mobile) / IN: FINANCE, SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Mei Velasquez, Manager, Public Relations, Visa Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-860-8869
    Secondary Phone: 416-558-8215