Olympic hopeful Mirela Rahneva visits Meadowlands in advance of 2018 Games

Mimi Rahneva during race three of skeleton world cup trials at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta on October 22, 2016.

WHERE: Meadlowlands Public School
10 Fieldrow St, Nepean, ON K2G 2Y7

WHEN: Thursday December 21, 2017, 11:15 a.m. assembly begins

Mirela Rahneva is a rising star in the Olympic sport of skeleton racing, and a medal hopeful for Canada heading into the February, 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Last year, in her very first World Cup season, Rahneva won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals to finish third overall. This year, half way through the World Cup season, Rahneva is part of a trio of women that has Canada ranked number one in the world.

The Ottawa native is also a former Meadowlands Public School student.

On December 21 she will share her inspirational story with the students and staff at her former school, and explain the Olympic sport of Skeleton (a sport that sees her reach speeds of more than 130 km/h while sliding face first down an icy track on a small sled).

Mirela’s visit to Meadowlands is part of the Petro-Canada FACE (Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence) program, which sees the Petro-Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee award grants ($5,000 to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach) to inspirational athletes deemed to have great potential to represent Canada at Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The program also gives selected athletes the chance to inspire youth in their hometowns. Past recipients include Olympic and Paralympic medallists Patrick Chan, Hayley Wickenheiser, Rosie MacLennan, Kristina Groves and Mark Tewksbury.

Recipients with exceptionally inspirational stories, like Mirela’s, are also invited to make school visits.

A former varsity rugby player who immigrated from Bulgaria at the age of 10, Mirela got interested in sliding after watching the Olympics on TV. She is living proof that newcomers can overcome obstacles, and of what can happen when you pursue your dreams.

After speaking with students at the December 21 assembly (beginning at 11:15 a.m.) Mirela will also help present a special framed photo to the school on behalf of the FACE program, and deliver Olympic keepsakes to the students.

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