Olympic News This Week
On December 11th John Furlong announced the creation of a new award, The Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award, at an event on Ottawa with the Fox family. “This award will be presented to an athlete who embodies the same values that Terry Fox did,” Furlong continued. “This athlete will be someone who is the epitome of determination in motion, who pushed on no matter what the pain or obstacles in their path and touched Canada and the world by displaying humility and selflessness in their treatment of others both on and off the field of play – a veritable hero.” The award will be presented during a public ceremony in downtown Vancouver on February 27, 2010 to an Olympian, who may be from any country participating in the Games. The athlete will be selected by a small panel comprised of CTV sportscaster Brian Williams, Olympian and VANOC board member Charmaine Crooks, a member of the Fox family and Tricia Smith, an honorary mayor of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver during the Games.

On December 14th the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad announced its final list of projects including an 18-day digital arts event which will feature free visual art exhibitions by top Canadian and international cutting-edge artists. CODE will run from January 22 to March 21 featuring theatre, dance, music, visual and digital art. CODE Live will start on February 4th in three main locations in Vancouver – Great Northern Way Campus (577 Great Northern Way), Emily Carr University (1399 Johnston St.) and the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia St.) For a full listing of art events and installations visit the 2010 Cultural Olympiad website.

Also on December 14th, 2010 Legacies Now announced the provision of $40,000 to 20 community sport projects. These grants were made available through the Local Sport Program Development Fund (LSDF), funded by 2010 Legacies Now with support from the Province of B.C. Four of the 20 projects are located in Vancouver and include the BC Sanshou Federation (Indigenous martial arts program), the Musqueam Indian Band (Gymnastics for youth), the Strathcona Community Centre Association (Girls basketball) and the John Oliver Community Schools Team/ Vancouver School Board (Wrestling). The full press release can be viewed here.

Paralympic Transportation Plan
The Paralympic Winter Games will begin on March 12th and end on March 21st. Activity levels on downtown city streets are expected to be relatively close to regular conditions. No Olympic lanes or pedestrian corridors are required for the Paralympic Games but there will be limited road closures, and limited 24 hour parking and stopping restrictions. For more information on these closures visit the Host City website. The Vancouver 2010 streetcar will run through the break in between the Games to the end of the Paralympic Games on March 21st.