Canadian Olympians Celebrate Olympic Day 2017 in Richmond

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Olympians promote Olympic values and healthy, active living with Richmond youth


Friday, June 9, 2017 — RICHMOND — On Friday, Canadian Olympians, in conjunction with the Richmond Olympic Oval, viaSport, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Tire Corporation, celebrated Olympic Day in Richmond with over 2,500 students.

Olympic Day is a great opportunity for children and youth to discover and try a new sport, while inspiring them to find their own Olympic journey. With Olympians in attendance, it also provides participants the opportunity to engage with their Olympic heroes and sport role models.

The students from the Vancouver School Board and the Delta School District enjoyed many sports including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, golf, volleyball, basketball, athletics, rhythmic gymnastics, speed skating, table tennis, ringette, bobsleigh and rock climbing with special activations from viaSport, the Richmond Olympic Experience and BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Olympians in attendance included:

Mathieu Bilodeau, Rio 2016, Athletics
Joanie Caron, Rio 2016, Para Cycling
Will Dean, two-time Olympian, Rowing
Alex Duckworth, Sochi 2014, Snowboard
Greg Edgelow, Barcelona 1992, Wrestling
Joy Fera, Montreal 1976, Rowing
Jenn Heil, three-time Olympian, Freestyle Skiing
Andre Ho, London 2012, Table Tennis
Mira Leung, Turin 2006, Figure Skating
Margaret Langford, four-time Olympian, Canoe/Kayak
Danielle Lappage, Rio 2016, Wrestling
Ben Martin, Rio 2016, Field Hockey
Douglas Vandor, two-time Olympian, Rowing
Ken Whitehead, Montreal 1976, Football

The COC would like to recognize the following event partners for their Olympic Day support: Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond Olympic Experience, viaSport, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Tire Corporation. A special thank you to all the local sport organizations and the team at the Richmond Olympic Oval for making this event possible.

International Olympic Day is celebrated worldwide annually on or around June 23rd in honour of the founding of the modern Olympic Games and is a way to create awareness of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic values. In celebration of Olympic Day, the Canadian Olympic School Program has developed special resources to bring to Olympic Movement to communities across Canada. Free resources are available at


“Olympic Day celebrates the values of Olympism while providing an opportunity for the community to engage in sport and learn more about healthy lifestyles. I welcome the students of Richmond who have come out to the Olympic Oval and encourage them to enjoy a great day of sport and activities with some of Canada’s greatest Olympic heroes.”

Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee


“Richmond is delighted to again host this tremendous celebration that teaches our youth the values of Olympism, sportsmanship and the pursuit of excellence, while demonstrating the benefits of sport for life and active lifestyles.”

His Worship Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond Mayor