By Dan Rubinstein
Photos by Chris Roussakis

In late June, when organizers of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics announced that up to 10,000 local spectators would be allowed to attend events at the Games, a decision that was later reversed, the phone lines lit up at the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) office.

Well, that’s what would’ve happened in normal times.

This year, with COVID-19 impacting everything from global health and the economy to how people do their jobs every day, it meant that Thomas Hall, the COC’s director of communications and media relations, and his team had to respond to a barrage of calls, emails and texts from their homes in Ottawa and Toronto.

Canada's Thomas Hall shows off his bronze medal after competing in the C1 1000M final at the at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Credit: Canadian Press/Canadian Olympic Committee, Andre Forget

“It’s been extremely demanding,” says Hall, an Olympian who won a bronze medal as a sprint canoe paddler at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, went back to school to earn a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University in 2015 and became the COC’s communications lead this past January.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 in , ,
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