CALGARY, Albert, August 1. PIERRE Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach of Swimming Canada, announced today that the Canadian Men's 400 and 800 Olympic relay teams have received a major donation from W. Brett Wilson, a Calgary businessman and philanthropist. The $50,000 donation is the largest private donation ever received by Swimming Canada.
"With the 2008 Olympics just one year away, this donation is a huge boost to our men's relay teams," said Lafontaine. "These two teams already had a great shot at a medal in Beijing, and their chances just got better."
Wilson, himself a one-time competitive relay swimmer, said he was inspired by the stories he heard about the teams' incredible potential for success in 2008.
"This donation is designed to help get eight guys on the podium in Beijing," Wilson said, adding that he hopes others will follow his lead.
The donation will be used for enhanced training opportunities including bringing potential relay members and coaches together for special training camps.
Special thanks to Swimming Canada for contributing this report.