Boxer Thibeault upgraded to a silver medal from Lima 2019 Pan Am Games

The Canadian Olympic Committee and Boxing Canada officially announced that Saint-Georges, Que. native, Tammara Thibeault’s Lima 2019 Pan American Games bronze medal was upgraded to silver. 

The 23-year old pugilist had initially placed third in the women’s 75 kg category after losing a split decision in the semifinals against Colombia’s Jessica Caicedo, who would eventually go on to win gold. However, after carrying out more than 1,900 anti-doping control tests, Pan Am Sports announced the disqualification of Caicedo earlier this year.

Learn more about what this moment means to Tammara here.

COC signs first-ever IOAPA Memorandum of Understanding

The COC is thrilled to be the first-ever National Olympic Committee to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Olympic Academy Participants Association (IOAPA) to promote and strengthen the Canadian Olympic education programs.

Under the MOU, the COC will be able to share Canadian Olympic education programs with all International Olympic Academy alumni around the world. For over 35 years, the COC has developed valuable education initiatives that have impacted Canadians across the country.

With the vision to inspire the next generation through the legacy of Team Canada and the Olympic Games, the COC is proud to be a leader in Olympic education and sharing best practices and programs on a larger international scale. 

To learn more, read the press release here.

A Story of Hope & Acceptance: Haley and Kimberly Daniels 

“I hope to be one of the first female canoeists to ever compete in the Olympic Games and my dad may be one of the first transgender women to ever judge at the Olympics.”

Hear from Tokyo hopeful Haley Daniels on how she & her dad are changing the sport of canoe.

Haley’s Perspective
Kimberly’s Perspective

Team Canada Rewind

Team Canada Rewind is a video series in which some of Canada’s greatest Olympians narrate their most memorable Olympic performances. In this series, you will get the chance to relive some amazing moments in Canadian sport, through the eyes and mind of the athletes themselves. Using picture-in-picture, Team Canada fans have the chance to re-experience these exceptional performances along with the athletes.

Among the athletes featured in Team Canada Rewind are Olympic champions Kyle Shewfelt, Mark Tewksbury, Bruny Surin, and Erica Wiebe. New videos will be posted every two weeks, continuing to share these iconic Team Canada Rewind moments. Watch here!

Celebrate National Flag Day with Sport Canada

Each year, February 15 marks National Flag of Canada Day. The flag is the quintessential symbol of the pride that Canadians share with their athletes, and you wave it to celebrate your sporting achievements around the world. This is why the Department of Canadian Heritage invites you to join other Canadians from across the country for the first virtual Canadian flag relay, and in proudly showing that we are the flag!  

Interested in participating? Submit a short video here showcasing your athletic achievements and the Canadian flag by January 11, 2021 (see attached guidelines and agreement). A montage of selected videos will be unveiled online in February by the Department of Canadian Heritage and shared on social media with the hashtag #CanadianFlag. 

Olympians Supporting Olympians

As many of you know, generations of Team Canada Olympians are coming together to support current Team Canada athletes with the message “We see you. We hear you. We stand behind you.” In an email you may have received last week from Mark Tewksbury, Mark talked about his donation and he asked all Olympians to join him to help those who are in financial need. Through this initiative, 100% of the donations are being granted directly to athletes by way of financial needs-based bursaries established by the Canadian Olympic Foundation. These bursaries are intended to provide extra resources and encouragement for current athletes who have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with little to no other means of income this year, funded by other Olympians cheering them on. To make an impact today, go to our official donation page.

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