Last Updated on May 21, 2014 by Jimson Lee
Beyond the Finish Line – An Achilles Society Evening of Excellence
Monday May 26, 2008 at 5:30 PM
On August 8th 2008 the world will be transfixed by the opening of the Beijing Olympiad. Canadian Gary Reed of Victoria, who placed second in the 2007 World Track and Field Championships, will toe the starting line of the Mens 800 meters with the hopes and dreams of all Canadians to bring home GOLD.
In the lead up to Garyâ€™s Olympic quest the Achilles Society will pay tribute to him and other great Canadian Olympians who in the past met the challenge of the 800 meters. BEYOND THE FINISH LINE will be an inspirational evening that will honour not only the past achievements of these great runners, but pay tribute to the successes they have achieved in their business and professional lives after leaving their pursuits of Olympic stardom.
Headlining our list of former 800 meter specialists, besides Gary Reed, will be Ian Gillespie, developer par excellence, who is presently reaching to the stars with his Shangri-la projects in Vancouver and Toronto; five time Olympian Charmaine Crooks, currently Canadaâ€™s IOC representative; and Dr. Doug Clement, renowned sports medicine specialist, author and former Vancouver Canuck team doctor.
The evening will begin at 5:30 PM on Monday May 26th. at the Pacific Palisades hotel and will feature the opportunity to meet these outstanding individuals followed by a panel discussion including answering questions from the audience. The goal of the panel will be to explore the relationship between elite sport and the pattern of goal setting, focus, determination and persistence sparked in sport that may carry over and be applied to the business and professional world.
Also attending will be community leaders and sponsors of the 25th annual Harry Jerome International Track Meet which will be held on June 21st. Attendees to the BEYOND THE FINISH LINE event will receive two tickets to that competition in which Gary Reed will race in the final stages of his preparation for the Beijing Olympic Games.
Tickets $40 per person. For more information, please visit their website at The Achilles Group