Own the Podium Congratulates Tricia Smith on Being Elected Canadian Olympic Committee President
OTTAWA - Own the Podium looks forward to working with newly-elected Canadian Olympic Committee president, Tricia Smith, in helping put more Canadian athletes and coaches on the international podium.
An Olympic medallist in rowing, and a Vancouver-based Lawyer, Smith was voted in as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee by Board members on Sunday.
“This is a great day for sport in Canada, and for Own the Podium’s continued goal to foster stronger relationships with its partners. The Canadian Olympic Committee is a critical partner in our effrots to deliver the critical resources and programs our nation’s athletes need and deserve in their quest for the Olympic podium,” said Anne Merklinger, chief executive officer, Own the Podium.
The vote took place in Montreal on Sunday with board members choosing Smith over high performance coach and lawyer Peter Lawless
, who will continue to serve the organization as vice president.
“Tricia is a proven performer both as an athlete and leader in the business community. She simply knows what it takes to achieve excellence,” added Merklinger. “Both Tricia and Peter have the athletes, coaches and national sport organization’s best interests at heart. To know they will both remain in leadership positions is a victory for all sport in Canada.”
Own the Podium, which has been a driving force behind Canada’s continued evolution into a world-leading sport nation, is funded extensively by the Government of Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee. Nearly $70 million will be invested this fiscal year in supporting Canadian athletes’ pursuit of the Olympic and Paralympic podiums through Own the Podium.
About Own the Podium
Own the Podium, a not-for-profit organization, prioritizes and determines investment strategies for national sport organizations in an effort to deliver more Olympic and Paralympic medals for Canada. Own the Podium's largest contributor of funding is the Government of Canada with additional funding provided by the Canadian Olympic Committee and its Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, along with the corporate community.
Own the Podium was created in 2005 to help Canada become the number one nation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and to place in the top-three nations in the gold medal count at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Own the Podium continues to drive Canada’s high performance sport system forward in a quest to help more athletes and coaches win more medals in future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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