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Font: * * * * Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Within months, Canadian Olympic hopefuls could be training on two of the three hockey sheets being built at the University of British Columbia for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

The main 7,000-seat oval is little more than a broad, deep bowl with spires of naked steel rising out of sea of mud. The outside foundations have been poured, and all around it workers are busy getting ready to erect the concrete walls.

But next door a brand new practice rink is already enclosed, the pipes from its refrigeration system jutting out from the edges of the newly poured floor, waiting to be hooked up. It sits adjacent to an existing arena that is being refurbished as part of the new three-rink complex.

By next April, the university expects to have these two smaller rinks finished and back in business, giving community users and potential Olympic and Paralympic athletes a place to train.

The Vancouver Organizing Committee and UBC gave journalists their first on-site look at the $47.8 million construction project today, showing off the nearly-finished main practice rink, and the existing Father Bauer arena that is being given a major facelift.

VANOC board extends appointments to November 2010

Jack Poole was reappointed as chairman of the Vancouver Organizing Committee’s board of directors today, at the same meeting where directors extended their own appointments to November, 2010.

Poole’s reappointment was unopposed by the 19 members of the board who represent the federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations government partners, Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, and other agencies involved in organizing the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

In one significant departure, however, they extended their own three-year terms to four in order to keep the board intact through the remaining years of preparations.

In an interview, Poole said the board didn’t want directors’ terms to expire in November, 2009 just before the Olympic games begin. The change means the directors are now be the last appointed to the board, unless any of the partners makes individual changes.

No agenda or minutes of the annual general meeting were released to the public, but Poole said topics covered included the appointment of three new board members by the federal Conservative government.

On Nov. 2 the Conservative government replaced three people previously appointed by then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien with Vancouver businessman Peter Brown, Montreal lawyer Jacques Gauthier and Ontario businesswoman Carol Stephenson.

Olympian Beckie Scott replaced Catriona Le May Doan as one of the board’s seven Canadian Olympic Committee representatives.

The board also reappointed members to its finance, sport, sustainability and audit committees.

jefflee@png.canwest.com

© Vancouver Sun 2006

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/st...81a&k=59914

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Olympic rinks at UBC starting to take shape

Hopeful athletes could be training on practice rinks as early as next April

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Canadian women's hockey team member Danielle Goyette poses on the site of the new 2010 Olympic ice hockey facility at the University of B.C.

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2006

Within months, Canadian Olympic hopefuls could be training on two of the three hockey sheets being built at the University of B.C. for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

The main 7,000-seat oval, now a broad, deep bowl with spires of naked steel rising out of sea of mud, won't be ready until the spring of 2008.

But next door, a new practice rink is already enclosed, the pipes from its refrigeration system jutting out from the edges of the newly poured floor, waiting to be hooked up. It sits adjacent to an existing arena that is being refurbished as part of the new three-rink complex.

By next April, the university expects to have these two smaller rinks finished and back in business, giving community users and potential Olympic and Paralympic athletes a place to train.

On Wednesday, the Vancouver Organizing Committee and UBC gave journalists their first on-site look at the $47.8-million construction project, showing off the nearly finished main practice rink, and the existing Father Bauer arena that is being given a major facelift.

Daniel Bock, the senior project manager for UBC Properties Trust, said the construction project is on time and on budget. Of the total cost, Vanoc is contributing $37.6 million. The university is providing $9 million, and the remainder is coming from construction supplier Rona, a Vanoc sponsor.

Danielle Goyette, the captain of Canada's two-time Olympic gold medal champion women's hockey team, told reporters she's eagerly awaiting the arena complex's completion in the spring of 2008. But she's especially hopeful for the Paralympic sledge hockey athletes who will get to use a modern complex that has been built to accommodate athletes with disabilities.

jefflee@png.canwest.com

© The Vancouver Sun 2006

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Source: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/st...59-933aa8e6f751

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