Capilano University celebrated the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games on September 24 with its own 2010 Day.
Children from the Capilano University Child Care Centre got a special thrill when 2010 Olympic mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi showed up. Phil Larondelle, a member of Capilano’s Coastal Corridor Consortium Elders group that works with our Aboriginal Service Plan, provided a First Nations welcome. This was followed by a brief talk from Olympic gold medalist, Kathy Kreiner-Phillips. At the young age of 18, Kathy skied the race of her life by winning the gold medal for Canada in the Women’s Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing event at the Innsbruck Olympics. She went on to get a master’s degree in Sport Psychology and now divides her time between working at NeuroNetwork in Steveston as a part-time brain trainer and mental trainer, and as a mentor with sport clubs and high schools in the local community.
Professional trials rider, Ryan Leech, gave an awe-inspiring performance on his mountain bike, while talking about Project Blue Sky, which he endorses. Project Blue Sky’s goal is to ‘race’ the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to its climate goals by collecting one billion kilometers worth of carbon cutting contributions before March 2010.
Several booths offered information about the recently launched e-Legacies project, the University’s sustainability efforts, wellness activities, parking information at the campus during the games, information from VANOC, and information about various Olympic activities that Capilano has been involved in over the years. The list is impressive and can be found at Capilano’s road to 2010 on the Universities website by clicking on the VANOC community contributor logo.
Proceeds from a hotdog barbecue will be going to VANOC’s Own the Podium program, as well as partial proceeds from special Olympic scarves that will be sold in our bookstore.
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