CANADIAN LUGE ASSOCIATION EXTENDS OFFICES NEAR WHISTLER SLIDING CENTREWHISTLER, B.C.—In just three weeks, Canadas top luge athletes will hit the start line of the Olympic Track in Whistler, B.C., marking the official beginning of a two-year quest for gold on home ice.
The team will be in familiar territory when it arrives to the nations newest sliding sport venue, as the Canadian Luge Association will be opening another office near the Whistler Sliding Centre. Staffed by current members of the Canadian Luge Association, the new office will lead an aggressive recruitment initiative in British Columbia and continue to raise the sports profile in the community.
This is a new environment for our athletes, but we recognize that luge is also new to many in the British Columbia area, including young children looking for a sport to pursue their Olympic dream, said Tim Farstad, executive director, Canadian Luge Association. This is a critical period for our athletes to gain familiarity with the track, but also an opportunity for the national body to educate and grow our sport while inspiring the next generation of Olympic luge athletes.
The office will be staffed by Nicole Simon, program coordinator, for the Canadian Luge Association. Simon, who as worked in the Calgary office for the Canadian Luge Association since 2005, has a long history with the sport as a national-team athlete, coach and now in her administrative role. Simon will split her time between Whistler and Calgary.
Simon will begin working on a number of cross-promotional opportunities the Canadian Luge Assocation is initiating between Calgary and the new track in Whistler. While continuing with its recruitment initiative, Simon will bring a group of British Columbia kids to Calgarys Olympic Track for the Youth Canadian Championships, February 23-24, 2008.
The Canadian Luge Team will now have three weeks off before participating in homologation of the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre, March 5-9, 2008.
For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.