Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Patrick Chan join RBC Olympians Program

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Patrick Chan join RBC Olympians Program 
Program offers funding to help Canadian athletes succeed on the world stage 
TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC today announced its partnership with 2010 
Olympic gold medalists and Canadian Ice Dancing champions Tessa Virtue and 
Scott Moir, and 2012 World Champion and Canadian Men's Figure Skating champion 
Patrick Chan as part of the RBC Olympians Program. 
"We are thrilled to welcome Tessa, Scott and Patrick to our family of RBC 
Olympians," said Jane Broderick, chief brand and communications officer at 
RBC. "Investing in our athletes is an investment in Canada and with just over 
a year until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, we understand the importance 
of providing a strong foundation that includes funding and support to help our 
athletes succeed on the world stage." 
Virtue, Moir and Chan will join 28 Olympic and Paralympic athletes currently 
involved in the RBC Olympians Program. As Canada's longest standing corporate 
supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, RBC has been helping amateur athletes 
since 1947. Through the RBC Olympians Program, which began in 2002, RBC 
recruits and hires elite athletes to work as community ambassadors to bring 
the Olympic messages of excellence, teamwork, leadership, and commitment to 
communities. Athletes are hired from across Canada and during the course of 
their employment, gather skills and experiences that will help with their 
career transitions to life after sport. The program also provides the athletes 
much needed funding and flexible work arrangements which allow them to focus 
on training and competition. Since its inception, more than 185 Olympic and 
Paralympic athletes have participated in the RBC Olympians program and 10 have 
become full-time RBC employees. 
"Achieving success at the Olympic level requires tremendous team effort. Scott 
and I rely on the support and guidance of our family, friends, coaches, 
communities and corporate partners like RBC who have supported Olympic 
athletes for many years," said Tessa Virtue. "Scott and I are very excited to 
join RBC and work with our fellow athletes to help inspire Canadians across 
the country through the RBC Olympians Program." 
"RBC is known for its commitment to supporting and developing Canadian 
athletes - both grassroots and elite level," said Patrick Chan. "The year 
ahead is very important in my preparations for Sochi 2014 and I'm proud to 
have RBC as a key part of my team that will help set me up for success." 
Virtue and Moir, and Chan will defend their national championship titles at 
the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships taking place January 13 to 20, 
2013 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. 
About Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir 

    --  Gold medalists at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
    --  Gold medalists at the 2010 and 2012 World Figure Skating
    --  Four-time Canadian National Champions - 2008, 2009, 2010 and

About Patrick Chan
    --  Two-time World Champion - 2011 and 2012
    --  Five-time Canadian National Champion - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
        and 2012
    --  Lou Marsh Award for Canada's Athlete of the Year - 2011

RBC and Amateur Sport
As Canada's longest-standing supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team since 
1947, RBC proudly continues its sponsorship through to London 2012, Sochi 2014 
and Rio 2016. RBC also sponsored the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic 
Winter Games and the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Supporting amateur sport, from 
grassroots programs in local communities to national sport associations, RBC 
helps in the development of amateur athletes who compete at home and abroad. 
RBC is also a premier sponsor of Hockey Canada. Visit rbc.com/sponsorship.

Jackie Braden, Director, RBC Brand Communications, 416 974-1724


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