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VANOC to honour Terry Fox

Port Coquitlam’s hometown hero will be part of the 2010 Winter Games to honour an athlete who embodies the same values as Terry Fox did.

The Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award will be presented during a public ceremony in Vancouver on Feb. 27, 2010 to an Olympian, who may be from any country participating in the Games.

“Few people have touched the soul of this great nation like Terry Fox did on his Marathon of Hope in 1980 and continue to do so every year,” said VANOC’s John Furlong in a release.

The athlete to whom the Fox Award is given 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... a veritable hero,” Furlong said.

A panel consisting of CTV sportscaster Brian Williams, Olympian and VANOC board member Charmaine Crooks, a Fox family member, and Tricia Smith, honorary mayor of the Olympic village will choose the winner.

“As a teenager, Terry was an avid athlete in basketball, soccer and rugby and would be proud to be recognized on the world stage as part of the Olympic Winter Games,” said Fox’s brother, Darrell.

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