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March 18, 2002
Toronto to host Olympic Salute April 4, 2002
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, the Canadian Olympic Association
and the Canadian Paralympic Committee today announced that Olympic Salute, a
celebration of our winter Olympic Athletes will be held on Thursday April 4th
2002 at 12:00 p.m. in Nathan Phillips Square. Olympic Salute is a chance for
everyone in the Toronto region to gather and celebrate their national pride by
honouring the 2002 Canadian Winter Olympic Team and the 2002 Canadian Winter
Paralympic Team.

"Each and every one of these athletes put in a 24-karat gold effort," said
Mayor Lastman. "This is your chance Toronto: Come out and say 'thank-you' to
all the men and women who made us proud in Salt Lake City."

Members of the Canadian Olympic Salt Lake team including silver medallist
Veronica Brenner, and several members of Canada's gold medal winning women's
hockey team will join Mayor Mel Lastman in the celebration.

"The support from family, friends and people back at home always boosts our
performance. It did in Salt Lake. This celebration is the opportunity for
athletes to share our success with the City of Toronto, and to thank all its
citizens for their support. Thank you Toronto!" said silver medallist Veronica

"The COA is proud of the enthusiasm and involvement of the City of Toronto in
the Olympic movement over the past years, for believing in our Olympic heroes,
and giving the Salt Lake Canadian Olympic Athletes the recognition they have
earned," said Jim Thompson, C.E.O., Canadian Olympic Association.

Paralympian Athletes attending April 4th will include Paul Rosen, goalie for
the Canadian Sledge Hockey team. "Every athlete has a story about achieving
excellence in sport through adversity. We hope this inspires all Canadians,
abled and disabled, to make sport a part of their daily lives," said Brian
MacPherson, Director General, Canadian Paralympic Committee.

After the rally the athletes will travel to Skydome to participate in the
opening ceremonies of the Toronto Blue Jays season opener. The Pre-game
celebration will commence at 3:30 p.m. and game time is 4:05 p.m.

"All Canadians were proud of our Olympics athletes at the recent Winter Games
in Salt Lake City," said Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Godfrey. "The Blue
Jays want to salute the outstanding men and women at our Home Opener on April

"April 4th will be a great sports day in a great sports city," said Mayor
Lastman. "On top of the Blue Jays' season opener and the Maple Leafs playing at
the ACC, we'll have a rally of Olympic proportions. Come out to Nathan Phillips
square for some free fun and salute our athletes - Toronto style!"


Media Contacts:
Jim Warren,Office of the Mayor @ 416-395-6482

Deborah Allen, Canadian Olympic Association @ 416-324-4122

Joan Mizzi-Fry, Toronto Blue Jays @ 416-341-1421

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