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      July 24, 2013

      Canada Games to Honour Senator Larry Smith, Annie Pelletier, Pierre Harvey, Claude Hardy and Peter Lesaux

      (July 8, 2013) Ottawa – Former Canada Games Council Chairman Senator Larry Smith, athletes Annie Pelletier and Pierre Harvey, as well as Canada Games pioneers Claude Hardy and Peter Lesaux are the 2013 inductees to be inducted into the Canada Games Hall of Honour.

      In total, the 2013 Hall of Honour induction will honour five individuals, the past Chairman of the Canada Games Council, two builders and two athletes.

      “The 2013 Canada Games Hall of Honour inductees truly encompass the spirit of what the Canada Games are all about. Each inductee has contributed so much in their own way to the development and sustainability of the Games,’’ says Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “The 2013 class certainly has displayed a high degree of passion and dedication to Canadian sport and are each great Canada Games ambassadors.’’

      Induction into the Canada Games Hall of Honour occurs every two years during every Canada Games. The Hall of Honour recognizes honours and celebrates exceptional Canada Games alumni who have distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches, officials or administrators, or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and advancement of the Canada Games Property.

      In February of 2007, the inaugural induction into the Canada Games Hall of Honour took place at a ceremony in Whitehorse, Yukon as part of the 2007 Canada Winter Games. The induction celebrated former Canada Games Chairman Jack Pelech for his years of volunteer support and countless contributions. To date, there have been three classes inducted into the Hall of Honour in Games-years, making this year’s class the fourth since 2007.

      “The 2013 inductees are certainly a plethora of amazing people who have had such a positive effect on the development of the Canada Games,” says Canada Games Council President and CEO, Sue Hylland. “Our builders were trailblazers that helped shape the way the Canada Games are structured today and our athletes are terrific examples of Canada Games alumni having gone on to become celebrated Canadian athletes.’’

      The induction ceremony will take place at the Grand Times Hotel on August 1st, 2013 as part of the celebrations for the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke from August 2-17.

      Pierre Harvey

      Pierre Harvey began his impressive ski career in 1979, where he took part in the Canada Winter Games in Brandon, Manitoba. This launched Harvey’s athletic career as he would quickly find success on both the Canadian amateur and Olympic stage. He received many accolades throughout his illustrious career, such as reaching the Canadian Ski Championship podium 35 Times, competing in three Olympic Games (2 Summers and 1 Winter) as well as winning four World Cups. Harvey is also the first Canadian athlete to compete in both Summer (Cycling) and Winter (cross-country skiing) Olympic Games. Harvey remains very active in the Canadian Cross-Country skiing community as he was instrumental in helping establish the Centre National d’Entrainement Pierre Harvey in Quebec City.