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Sport Legacies Society announces management team

Diane Mombourquette appointed vice president of corporate services



There will be a lot of work to do following the 2010 Games at Whistler's Olympic venues, everything from taking down bleachers and removing temporary trailers to turning bedrooms into garages at the Whistler athletes village.

But one of the Vancouver Organizing Committee's (VANOC's) last acts will be to hand over the keys to Whistler's Olympic venues to the Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies Society, which will own the venues and operate them on a non-profit basis in the future. Those venues are the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Athletes' Centre, which includes a high performance centre, an athletes' lodge and townhomes for local athletes that qualify.

Last week W2010SLC announced its final leadership team for moving forward after the Games, drawing heavily from the current management team that helped to bring the venues together.

Keith Bennett was confirmed as president and CEO in the spring after serving with the group as a representative of the Resort Municipality of Whistler since its inception.

Diane Mombourquette was confirmed as vice president of corporate services last week, while this week it was confirmed that Paul Shore would serve as director of the Whistler Sliding Centre; Todd Allison as director of the Whistler Athletes' Centre and Lindsay Scott Durno as director of Whistler Olympic Park.

Shore was the legacy society's first employee and has been the manager of business development from the beginning. He has done a lot of research to determine how Olympic venues like bobsleigh tracks around the world recoup their costs and will apply what he's learned to Whistler.

Durno has been the operations manager at Whistler Olympic Park for the past three years, and has nearly five decades in the ski, hospitality and tourism industry. She has also been a member of Canada's Nordic community for three decades, and has managed the Big Thunder National Ski Training Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario as well as her own alpine and Nordic skiing consulting business.

Todd Allison is a former freestyle athlete who has been involved in the 2010 Olympics since the early bid stages through the Canada Sports Centre. During the Games he is the rooms manager for the athletes' village.

The executive team will be overseen by a board of directors representing the community and high performance sport. The board is currently chaired by Bill France.

The sport legacies are supported by $110 million endowment provided by the federal and provincial governments and managed by the Games Operating Trust (GOT). The endowment is intended to ensure that the facilities are viable for the future. Eighty per cent of the endowment's earnings are split between the Whistler venues and the Richmond Oval, while the other 20 per cent will be reinvested as a contingency.

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