Double Olympic Gold medalist, Catriona Le May Doan, to inspire TWU athletes

Langley, B.C.—No doubt about it, this girl can represent. As the only individual Canadian in Olympic history to defend a gold medal in consecutive games, Catriona Le May Doan played an integral part in Vancouver's award winning Olympic Bid as the anchor-leg speaker of the final pitch, along with the Great One, Wayne Gretzky. The Saskatchewan-born speed skater now brings her attention-grabbing abilities to help raise support for Trinity Western University's Spartan Athletics.

On October 1, 2003, Le May Doan, the World and Olympic speed skating champion in the 500m sprint, will be the keynote speaker at TWU's inaugural Spartan Hall of Fame Fundraiser Dinner. Held at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, the dinner is open to athletes, sponsors and the public, and in conjunction with the Hall of Fame induction, will be a fundraiser for Spartan Athletics' scholarships.

Le May Doan will share her insights on achieving her goals and the experience she has gained through trials and triumphs. In her 23 year skating career, she has captured numerous World Championships, an Olympic record, holds the current World Record in the 500m and was a two-time recipient of the CP Athlete of the Year Award, and most recently winner of the Lou Marsh Award. But Le May Doan has learned that though realizing one's dream is incredibly hard, staying on top is even harder. Her journey will inspire guests to dream and to reach farther than they ever thought possible.

"It is her inspiration, her determination, her kindness, her vibrance, her national pride and her love of competition that make her such an outstanding individual and role model," said Lou Ragagnin, Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Olympic Committee of Le May Doan at a Calgary press conference in May. "She has shown excellence both on and off the ice in her community, in her country and around the world."

In the same vein of excellence, Le May Doan will help TWU recognize its own heroes.

"TWU's Spartan Athletics has seen nearly 40 years of athletes and coaches with the same winning spirit as Le May Doan," says Julie Ratzlaff, Athletic Events Manager and member of the inaugural Hall of Fame Committee. "It's now time to start honouring those who have made Spartan Athletics what it is today, and what it will be in the future."

"And for current athletes," continues Ratzlaff, "it's an opportunity to see how they fit into TWU's rich athletic history and to reflect upon a day when they themselves may be inducted."

"Nominees include those who have made an outstanding contribution to the betterment of Spartan Athletics and were instrumental in shaping the athletic milestones that TWU has benchmarked," says Jim Leith, Manager of Spartan Promotions and Advertising.

The committee will not only consider nominations for top athletes and coaches, but it will also take into account whole team nominations as well as 'builders'- Spartan Athletics' staff members or friends of the University who have significantly contributed to the athletics program.

Event: Spartan Hall of Fame Fundraiser Dinner with keynote speaker Catriona Le May Doan

Date: October 1, 2003

Location: Plaza Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Cost: $200 per plate with a $140 tax receipt; or $2000 per table

Contact: To book you ticket or for more information please contact Jim Leith at (604)888-7511 ext 3719 or

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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