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Long jumper Brian Thomas jumps over a car to raise money

From visiting the local food banks just to fill the cupboard to asking their parents for loans, Canadian amateur athletes have to make great sacrifices in order to realize their Olympic dreams. They say the federal government doesn't spend enough on amateur sport. But federal ministers like Otto Jelinek argue that athletes should not expect government handouts.

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To raise money for his Olympic journey, a long jumper gets creative.

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: April 25, 1998
Guest(s): Ian Hilton, Judy Kent
Host: Nerene Virgin
Reporter: Steve Erwin
Duration: 2:23

Last updated: February 5, 2013

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