VANCOUVER – The Regal Beagle Bar and Grill, along with local real estate company Dayhu Investments, have joined forces to help one local Olympic hopeful realize his dream in 2010. According to a release, the Vancouver resto is sending Keith Loach, a three-year veteran of the skeleton world cup, to the Olympic Qualifying Camp in style.
Dave Barnett of The Regal Beagle says, “Keith is an amazing guy, he’s worked hard for everything he’s received and, unlike a lot of pro athletes, he’s had to do most of this on his own. In August we heard Keith’s story and wanted to help him out, so far we’ve raised almost $15,000 so he can get to the games. He still has to secure a spot on the Senior National Team and then challenge for an Olympic spot, and we’sre happy to support him every step of the way. At our big send off party, we’re pouring free beer for everyone in the hopes of raising more donations for Keith.”
For his part, Loach says competing at the Olympic Games is a dream that has been decades in the making. “Growing up in Calgary during the 1988 Winter Games, I got hooked on the Olympics at a young age,” he says. “This is my dream and everyone at The Beagle has been so great in helping me achieve it. The only thing that’s left is competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics.”