Jan Hudec Newest Addition to Special Olympics Canada’s Champions Network
TORONTO, November 28, 2014 – Special Olympics Canada is proud to announce Olympic bronze medalist Jan Hudec as the latest member of its Champions Network, which is a group of celebrity athlete supporters that use their profile to support the Special Olympics movement across Canada. To mark Jan’s addition to The Champions Network, Special Olympics Canada and Special Olympics Alberta arranged to have three of their alpine skiers go on a light downhill run with Jan during training for tomorrow’s World Cup race at Lake Louise. Joining Jan for a ski were Special Olympics athletes Mark Evans, Sarah Peterson and Katherine St. Amand, who are in training for the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games, to be held in Grand Prairie, Alberta, February 20-22.
The Champions Network, founded by Special Olympics Canada Board of Directors member Mark Tewksbury, and co-chaired by fellow Olympic gold medalists, and long-time supporters of Special Olympics Canada, Jamie Salé and Catriona Le May Doan, now numbers 30 with Jan’s addition, and he is the group’s first member with a background in alpine skiing. A Canadian speed skier from Calgary, Jan is the only Canadian in last 20 years to win an alpine Olympic medal and is also a former Lake Louise winner and a world championship medalist.
“Working with Special Olympics is something I’m really excited about. I’ve been involved with them over the years and it’s something that has always been fun for me,” said Jan Hudec. “The chance to become a member of the Champions Network is really exciting to me because when you work with a strong brand like Special Olympics you have the chance to influence so many people. When a lot of people come together for something important you can really make a big impact.”
“We are thrilled to have Jan Hudec not only join the Champions Network,” enthused Mark Tewksbury, “but also wear the Special Olympics Canada logo so proudly on his apparel. Jan is a world-class athlete who knows first-hand the transformative power and joy of sport, and will help Special Olympics Canada raise awareness around its year-round and daily programs in over 300 communities across Canada.”
“Special Olympics athletes are amazing and so inspirational,” added Hudec. “It’s such an honour to be able to share stories with them and talk about the power of sport and serve as a mentor.”