Interning with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Living a Dream

Hello everyone, my name is Amanda Hope and I am the Vice President of the uOSBC for the 2019 academic year. I am currently studying in the Masters of Human Kinetics program – concentration in Sport Management here at uOttawa. This summer, I have the great honour of completing my internship with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) here in Montreal. I work in the System Excellence department, more specifically in the Athlete Marketing & Olympian Legacy team. I work very closely with Brittany MacLean, bronze medalist in swimming at Rio 2016, and Marie-Ève Marleau who competed in diving at Beijing 2008. I am so thankful to have the chance to work with these great mentors and the rest of the COC staff, where dedicated and motivated individuals are so passionate about sport and growing the Olympic Movement in Canada.

I have had the chance to work on many great tasks and projects since starting here at the COC in early May. My day-to-day role includes being responsible for athlete appearance tracking, where I am in contact with the athletes themselves or their agents to arrange and track appearances at various events within the community or across Canada for our many partners. I make sure that all the logistics for each event are set and make the connection between the partner or event and the athlete. This has been a very rewarding role to take on, as I have looked up to some of these athletes as role models and remember them competing at Games. Another part of my role here at the COC is staying in contact with retired athletes who are no longer competing. This is part of the new OLY Canada platform, that was developed in order to keep strong relationships with athletes who are no longer training and competing. We do the “Games Anniversaries” project, where last year we sent out 2 pairs of Canada HBC red mittens to the athletes who have competed in the Games that happened 10, 25, or 50 years ago. Another task I take on in my role is creating the monthly newsletter and website to stay in contact with all Olympic athletes.

I had the chance to attend Olympic Day in May which was an absolutely amazing event! I got to meet many athletes and interact with groups of children who want to know more about the Olympic movement. It is nice to see athletes giving back and supporting initiatives in the community. I was able to try certain sports such as boxing and fencing and got insight on what the day-to-day life of an Olympian looks like. A trip to work out of the Toronto office is also in the summer plans.

All in all, my experience so far with the COC has been so valuable and humbling. This is really a dream come true for me. I hope to one day be able to continue my journey here at the COC and get one step closer to attending an Olympic Games.

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