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June 10, 2002
Dunlop Tires supports City of Toronto Lifeguard Team
  
Parks and Recreation Division - Members of the City of Toronto
Lifeguard Team gathered at Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools to celebrate
Dunlop Tires' sponsorship donation of $10,000. The sponsorship announcement was
made at the Dunlop Belly-Flop event, organized by Dunlop, to mark the opening
of the City's outdoor pools and to raise funds for the Ross Tilley Burn Centre.

The donation from Dunlop will be used to support the City of Toronto Lifeguard
Team, established in 2000. National surf lifesaving champions, the Toronto team
is ranked one of the country's best. Last year, the team placed:
  • 4th in the National Pool Lifeguard Championships in Edmonton;
  • 3rd in the Ontario Waterfront Championships in Barrie;
  • 2nd at the Ontario Pool Lifeguard Championships in Markham;
  • 1st in the National Surf Lifesaving Championships in Nova Scotia.
"We're very proud of the City of Toronto Lifeguard Team,"
said Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager of Toronto Parks and Recreation.
"Competition provides high-profile opportunities to attract new participants to
lifesaving programs and promotes public awareness of drowning prevention. We're
grateful to Dunlop Tires for their support."

While lifesaving races were held as early as the 1930s, the first Canadian
Lifeguard Championship was held in Winnipeg in 1977. In 1986, Canada hosted the
World Championships in Vancouver. Lifesaving sport, governed by the Lifesaving
Society and recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is one of the
fastest growing sports. It is credited with developing confidence, fitness,
teamwork and leadership skills in youth of all backgrounds.

For more information about City of Toronto aquatic leadership programs, visit
the City's Web site at http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/parks or call Access
Toronto at
416-338-0338.


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Rob Richardson, Business Development Officer,
416-338-5059

 

 

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