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Canadian Olympic Committee announces new athlete wellness program at MAC

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By Devin Jones

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Deloitte announced a new athlete wellness program titled Game Plan Thursday morning at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC).

Game Plan is a joint venture between the two organizations, to provide athletes with resources for life after sports. The initiative is supported by the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSI)  

“Game Plan is a game changing program for our high performance athletes,” said Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Christopher Overholt in a press release. “It gives athletes the power to control and build their own path to the podium.”

Through the new program athletes will be able to access various training resources categorized through “education, skill development, health, network and career management.”

The resources include a mentoring program, an active job board that giving athletes access to further work opportunities and seminars on personal brand management.

“I’m really looking forward to exploring the many innovative resources being offered by this program,” said Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot in a press release.

It was also announced that the COC and Deloitte have extended their partnership into 2020 by extension of Game Plan.

Hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser was also on hand for the announcement. Before the press conference, she sent this tweet out in memory of former NHL player Steve Montador, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 35.


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