News from Kamloops

April 2, 2014

Welcome home our Kamloops Olympians with the Journey of Champions

Kamloops, B.C. -Come out on Saturday, April 5, 2014 to welcome home Kamloops’ Olympic competitors and officials from their journey to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games.

Starting at 12:00 pm on Saturday at the McArthur Island Olympic Ice Sheet, the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Long Blades and PacificSport are hosting a celebration to welcome home our athletes and officials.

To kick things off, local media Marty Hastings, Shawn Pooley and Gareth Madoc-Jones will be joined by Olympians Jessica Hewitt, Elli Terwiel, Jan Antons and Nancy Greene Raine as well as Digger and Murray Owens from the Blazers for a Celebration Skate on the speed skating track.

Following the skate, residents will hear from local dignitaries, as well as Elli Terwiel (2014 Olympian in the Slalom (Alpine Skiing)), Jan Antons (2014 Team Canada Sledge Hockey Equipment) and Jessica Hewitt (2014 Silver Medalist in speed skating) on their Olympic Experience.

Afterwards, there will be free cupcakes, autograph and photo opportunities, and the chance to see Jessica’s silver medal.

At 1:30 pm, the public is welcome to strap on a pair of skates and try out speed skating. Bring your own skates, or the Long Blades will have a limited number of skates available to try.

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Media Contact:
Alex de Chantal
Community and Wellness Event Coordinator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3828
adechantal@kamloops.ca

Eryn Barrett
Sport Performance Coordinator
PacificSport Interior BC
250-828-3583
ebarrett@pacificsport.com