POSTED: Friday November 26th 2010

Own the Podium Welcomes Olympic Medallist Tricia Smith to Organization's Board

Smith is a four time Olympian and was a 13-year member of Canada’s rowing team, winning seven World Championship medals and a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games

OTTAWA—Own the Podium is delighted to announce the appointment of one
of Canada's most respected sport leaders, Tricia Smith, to its Board
on Tuesday.

Today a partner and Deputy Manager at Barnescraig & Associates in
Vancouver, Smith is a four time Olympian and was a 13-year member of
Canada’s rowing team, winning seven World Championship medals, a
silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in the coxless pairs
race with teammate Betty Craig and a gold medal in the 1986
Commonwealth Games.

“I am pleased to appoint Tricia Smith to the board of Own the Podium,”
said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). “Ms. Smith
brings tremendous expertise in sport leadership to this organization.
I am confident that she will contribute positively to the important
work of Own the Podium in providing our athletes with the support they
need to be among the best in the world.”

“Tricia Smith is a glowing example of excellence and integrity in both
her professional and sporting life, a perfect candidate to contribute
to Own the Podium’s program for Canadian athlete success,” said John
Furlong, the chair of Own the Podium’s Board. “Smith’s business
acumen, volunteer credentials in Canada and abroad and success as a
high-performance athlete will add enormous strength to our

Smith is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the B.C.
Sports Hall of Fame and the University of British Columbia Hall of
Fame - where she completed her undergraduate and law degrees while
representing Canada in the National Team.  She is a past chair of
Sport BC, and was president of the UBC Alumni Association. Smith was
also the first Canadian appointed to the International Rowing
Federation (FISA) in Switzerland and was recently reelected to the
FISA Executive Committee. She is a member of the International Council
of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne Switzerland. In 2005 Smith was
elected to the Canadian Olympic Executive Committee and in 2009
elected as Vice President. She was named Canada’s Chef de Mission for
the 2007 Pan American Games in April 2005.  In 2006 she received the
Carol Anne Letheren International Sport Leadership Award in
recognition of her 30-year involvement in sport as a competitor and
volunteer leader.

She was a member of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Committee, was appointed an
ambassador for the 2010 Games in Vancouver and served as the volunteer
co-mayor of the athletes village along with Rick Hansen.

Tricia has dedicated countless hours to supporting and advancing
amateur sport in Canada,” said Furlong. “Her leadership, dedication
and enthusiasm for sport and Canadian athletes will be welcomed.”

“A new culture for winning was instilled in all Canadians during the
2010 Games, and an appreciation for the power and value of sport. It
is an exciting and pivotal time to be involved in sport in Canada. I
am honoured to have been appointed to Own the Podium and am looking
forward to assisting however I can to ensure we continue to build on
this momentum,” said Smith.

Smith replaces Cathy Priestner-Allinger on Own the Podium’s Board.
Priestner-Allinger one of the original architects of OTP recently
stepped down from her position on the Board given her growing
professional sport interests in Canada and abroad.

"Cathy was instrumental in helping Canada's Olympic and Paralympic
teams secure unprecedented medal success in Vancouver and she will
continue to support OTP in the future. Her service over many years was
without equal and we thank her very much", said Furlong.

The Government of Canada named Furlong as the first chair of Own the
Podium Board in May. Other members of the high-profile Board include:
Keith Pelley (Rogers); Julie Payette (Canadian Space Agency); Dr Mike
Wilkinson (Sports Medicine Professional); Dr. Guy Larose (National
Research Council); Lane MacAdam (Sport Canada); Therese Brisson
(winter-sport caucus); and Ian Bird (summer-sport caucus). Alex
Baumann is OTP's CEO.

Own the Podium is a national sport technical initiative created in
2005 to help Canada increase its medal haul and better its overall
ranking at Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. This
reflects what Canadians want from the nation’s high-performance
athletes, while advancing the “excellence” goal of the Canadian Sport
Policy. Own the Podium’s largest contributor of funding is the
Government of Canada, with additional funding provided by the
corporate community, the Canadian Olympic Committee through its
Canadian Olympic Foundation, Canadian Paralympic Committee and private
citizens. For a full summary of Own the Podium initiatives and
programs, including a breakdown of support and services by sport,

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