UBC professor named one of VANOC’s honorary mayors for athletes' villages in 2010

UBC professor emeritus Dr. Douglas Clement has been named one of the volunteer honorary mayors to welcome athletes to Whistler and Vancouver during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.  Clement is a sports medicine clinician and researcher who has taught and practiced sports medicine for more than 20 years at UBC.

He will share paralympic mayoral duties with his wife, Diane, at the Paralympic Village in Vancouver in March 2010.  In 1956, Diane competed for Canada as a sprinter at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia and won a bronze medal two years later at the Commonwealth Games. Diane was a board member of the Vancouver 2010 bid corporation.

Eight Canadians have been named honorary mayors – two per village per Games – and will be the face of B.C. and Canada at the brand-new athletes’ villages. The mayors will officially open the villages in February and March, officially welcome all national teams and dignitaries, including heads of state and members of the Olympic and Paralympic Family, as well as join athletes at informal social gatherings in the village living room in Vancouver and around the nightly bonfire in Whistler.

For more information, visit www.vancouver2010.com.