Richmond hosts send-off for Olympic, Paralympic athletes

Richmondites are encouraged to sign one of the
Richmondites are encouraged to sign one of the 'good luck' posters on display at the Richmond Olympic Oval until Tuesday (July 24) when they'll be sent to the Olympic and Paralympic athletes in London.
— image credit: Don Fennell photo

Richmond marked the 10-day countdown to the start of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games Tuesday with a special send-off for several members of Canada's Olympic and Paralympic teams at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Richmond-born Andre Ho and fellow Canadian Olympic table tennis team members Wang Zhen and Pierre-Luc Hinse, along with Richmond's Travis Murao and Ian Chan and Vancouver's Trevor Hirschfield and Fabien Lavoie of Canada's Paralympic wheelchair rugby team, attended the official send-off. They are among seven of 36 athletes bound for London who trained at the oval in preparation for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"We expected the oval would help Canada grow and develop new generations of Olympic and world champions, and we've already become a key part of the Canadian sport development network by helping to train so many members of our London team," said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Richmond has produced a series of good luck posters for Canada's athletes. Brodie is encouraging the public to show its support by signing the posters (on display in the oval lobby) before Tuesday, July 24 when they will be sent to our athletes competing in the Olympic Summer Games.

In addition, the public is invited to watch live broadcasts of the London Games, without interruption, on the oval's exterior LED screens beginning at 6 a.m. until the competition ends each day. The Olympics begin July 27 and continue through Aug. 12. The Paralympics are Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.

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