In February, Canada’s best-ever Olympic Winter Games performance with a record 29 medals won, 30 Canadian best-ever finishes, and 40 top-five finishes, showed us what it means to ‘Be Olympic’.

These record-setting results are a testament to the tireless work of all in the community over the past year. By collaborating closely to improve athlete, coaching, and organizational infrastructure across the sport network, we are consistent in our focus on delivering a promising future for Canadian sport.

Our corporate partners are also behind us.

Corporate Canada has fueled the amplification of our work through their investments and by joining forces with our talented Marketing Team to develop class-leading programs to elevate the sport system in the consciousness of all Canadians.

Support for grassroots and next generation developmental initiatives, like RBC Training Ground, the Petro-Canada Fueling Athlete & Coaching Excellence (FACE) Program and Game Plan powered by Deloitte are supporting our Canadian athletes in innovative ways throughout their careers.

As inspired as we all are by the success of our teams this past year including the medals won in 2018, I believe we are equally inspired by how Canada has embraced the values for which we all stand.

Our national sport system reflects Canada’s commitment to the values of integrity, inclusion and equality. In 2018, we were proud to host numerous events that celebrated these values, from hosting the first-ever integration of Pride House International into a National Olympic House in PyeongChang, to supporting the first WADA Athletes Forum in Calgary, to Christine Girard’s medal re-allocation ceremony in Ottawa in December celebrating victory through clean sport, our efforts reflected the COC’s and our sport system’s devotion to living our values.

The recent announcements by the Federal Government of an independent investigative unit and a national confidential helpline housed within SDRCC is another step in the right direction towards making sport safe for all.

We should take pride in the roles we have all played to make this happen and celebrate the strides made by the sport system in 2018 to make sport not only a more inclusive and accepting place but a safer place.

Team Canada is working to ensure these Olympic values are embraced far beyond the Olympic Games and to ‘Be Olympic’ in all we do. Thank you for all you do for sport. There is no doubt we are stronger because of the work we do together.

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Tricia Smith