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June 29, 2001
Coaching for Excellence program leaves legacy for youth
  
Toronto Parks and Recreation --- Last night at the Air Canada Centre,
46 future coaches were recognized for their successful participation in the
Coaching for Excellence program. Coaching for Excellence, a leadership
development program for youth aged 16 to 24 years, is a partnership project of
Toronto Parks and Recreation, TO-2008 Olympic Bid Corporation, Nike Canada and
the Sport Alliance of Ontario.

Coaching for Excellence, which began in 1999, provides participants with the
opportunity to earn their Level 1 National Coaching Certification in one of
three sports - this year, hockey, swimming or gymnastics. In addition to theory
and technical course work, participants are required to contribute volunteer
time in the community working alongside experienced coaches.

"Toronto Parks and Recreation is thrilled to be a part of this program," said
James Bradley, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Toronto. "It is
a unique opportunity to create a new generation of leadership and to increase
the number of coaches working at the grassroots level."

"This is a terrific legacy for Toronto's Olympic Bid," said Curtis Hibbert,
Vice-President of Sport and Athletes for TO-2008, and a world champion and
Olympian in gymnastics. "One of the key goals of our bid is to help provide
resources and opportunities for up-and-coming young athletes to realize their
dreams of representing Canada as an Olympian. Coaching for Excellence is a
program that will do just that."

For additional information about the Coaching for Excellence program, members
of the public are invited to call Toronto Parks and Recreation at 416-392-1393.




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