Sixty athletes in Canada have taken part in events under Game Plan ©COC

Sixty athletes in Canada have got involed in events as part of Game Plan - an initiative which aims to teach life skills beyond the world of sport.

The programme is backed by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute.

Professional services company Deloitte is powering Game Plan, which welcomed the 60 athletes across Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

They all took part in "an immersive in-office experience, supporting career development, including networking, job shadowing and interview skills preparation".

Olympians and Paralympians were among those involved.

The initiative helps athletes prepare for their careers outside of sport ©COC
The initiative helps athletes prepare for their careers outside of sport ©COC

"After returning from Games, athletes are often concerned about their next chapter and Game Plan is designed to help," a COC press release said. 

"One of Game Plan's priorities is to identify real-life opportunities for active athletes, and by working with one of Canada's top employers, athletes can choose a field of study or have the chance to experience an environment they typically wouldn't have access to until their competitive days are finished."

Chris Overholt, the chief executive and secretary general of the COC, highlighted the importance of the scheme.

"Game Plan is an extraordinary programme that helps our athletes prepare for the workforce after they have represented the country internationally in competition," he said. 

"Game Plan day in Canada offers them the opportunity to expand their networks and build valuable skills that they can use in their future careers."