Launch of children’s book “Lucy Tries Short Track” to encourage early literacy & active lifestyles

Children’s book “Lucy Tries Short Track” is being officially launched today with help from students at the Edinburgh School in West Montreal, just one week before the Short Track ISU World Cup in Montreal.

Edinburgh School is one of the schools in the English Montreal School Board that will get free copies thanks to the financial support of Olympia Trust Company.
 
Illustrated by Canada’s James Hearne, “Lucy Tries Short Track” is the second title in the “Lucy Tries Sports” series from Calgary author Lisa Bowes — and the first one that is bilingual. After trying the sport of luge, Lucy returns for another speedy adventure when she joins her friends in a thrilling speed skating race.
 
The story promotes 'true sport' values such as fair-play, participation and friendship through speed skating.
 
For today's unveiling, 125 students of the Edinburgh School's Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes had the opportunity to have Olympic medalists and well-known short track speed skaters Marc Gagnon, Mathieu Turcotte, François Hamelin and 1992 long track Olympian and chief executive officer of the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, Robert Dubreuil, read the new story to them.
 
"I'm so grateful to be joined here in Montreal with some of speed skating's biggest stars to announce this donation to the English Montreal School Board", said Bowes.
 
"My vision for the “Lucy Tries Sports” series is to create a collection of books that will connect Canada’s athletic role models with our nation’s youth. James and I have created a fresh, engaging character that encourages active lifestyles as she explores sport. Through this book, Lucy connects early readers to short track speed skating and the Canadian team that will compete at next week World Cup here in Montreal.”
 
“I think this book really represents the community of speed skating in Canada: members and athletes getting together in a fair-play atmosphere for the love of sport where we can also see, outside of the rink, great friendships”, said five-time Olympic medalist Marc Gagnon.
 
Donation of 8,000 books at the English Montreal School Board
Thanks to the financial support of Olympia Trust Company, 8,000 books will be given to the English Montreal School Board to encourage early literacy and active lifestyles.
 
“Olympia Trust Company is very proud and excited to donate 8,000 copies of Lucy Tries Short Track in both English and French to the English Montreal School board”, said Erica Freeman, business development manager for Eastern Canada, registered plans and TFSA division for Olympia Trust Company.

“Olympia is also proud to support young readers while encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle, especially in a day and age that is geared and driven by technology and television."
 
English Montreal School Board chairman Angela Mancini said they were thrilled to be part of this project.

“The book itself is the perfect addition to our classrooms for it promotes reading to our youngsters, is available in English and French and provides some education about one of our most exciting Olympic sports. With the winter season soon upon us, perhaps we will be able to encourage our students to take up speed skating.”
 
“It's no secret the roll corporate Canada plays in driving success for all of Canada’s high performance sport programs, and Olympia Trust Company’s support of Lucy is no different,” added Bowes, “We are extremely grateful to Olympia Trust for sharing our vision, and supporting early literacy.”
 
More information is available at Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
                   
To follow Lucy’s progress on Twitter: @LucyTriesSports.

A Short Track ISU World Cup will be held in Montreal Nov. 14-16 at the Maurice Richard Arena. For more detail:www.coupedumondemtl.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
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Jeff MacKinnon   
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Speed Skating Canada
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