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Canadian Olympic Committee – Olympians celebrate the Olympic values across Canada

Thursday, June 23, 2016 — TORONTO — Canadian Olympians celebrated Olympic Day across the country throughout June, with fun-filled major events in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Montreal, Quebec; and Richmond, British Columbia.

The excitement will continue with more scheduled events until the end of June. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is expecting a total of 139 Olympic Day-related activations for 2016, featuring 70 athletes and more than 40,500 participants. This was a record year for partner involvement, with more than 40 organizations getting engaged, including National Sport Federations, Provincial Sport Organizations, COC National Partners, government partners and local sport clubs.

Olympic Day is a great opportunity for children, youth and their families to discover and try a new sport, while inspiring them to adopt and maintain healthy active lifestyles. With Olympians in attendance, it also provides Canadians the opportunity to engage with their Olympic heroes and sport role models while having a blast. Thousands of Canadians celebrate Olympic Day

Throughout the various events, the participants rocked the day out with sport activations including athletics, ball hockey, basketball, bobsleigh, bowling, cross-country skiing, diving, fencing, football, goalball, golf, gymnastics, judo, para-nordic skiing, rhythmic gymnastics, rock climbing, shooting, soccer, speed skating, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, volleyball, and wheelchair basketball, with special activations from KidSport, viaSport, the Richmond Olympic Experience and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

The COC would like to thank all the Olympic Day partners for their support in coordinating the various events.

Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.  In celebration of Olympic Day, the Canadian Olympic School Program has developed special resources to bring the Olympic Movement to communities across Canada. Free resources, including an Olympic Games history toolkit, torch relay and medal exercise and trivia are available at

For Olympic Day event images, please click here.


“The experience was awesome! I met a lot of people, learned new sports, I had a lot of fun. It was great to see my aunt – 2008-2012 Olympian Martine Dugrenier – teaching other kids so they can learn and maybe one day they could go to the Olympics too if they want to. I want to go to the Olympics. I would love to participate again because it was very fun and I would like to learn to be a better teacher.”

Maverick, 9 years-old, participant St. John’s Olympic Day  


“It is always an incredible opportunity to showcase the sport of fencing during such a prestigious event. Not every day you have an opportunity in any sport to captivate nearly 4000 school children in a span of 4 hours. Dynamo has directly benefited from this event over the past few years as we have directly recruited over 20 new members from the Olympic Day event.”

Igor Gantsevich, Club Leader


Cherry Ye
Program Manager, Media Relations
[]Canadian Olympic Committee
Phone: 416 324-4123
Mobile: 416 427-4341


Ricky Landry
Manager, Corporate Communications
[]Canadian Olympic Committee
Phone: 514-861-3696
Mobile: 514-229-4833