Speedskater and Olympic hopeful Brittany Schussler says she has been trained to win under any circumstances, but receiving words of support from her community gives her a boost.

“Knowing that people are cheering for us and want us to do well, it makes the hard days a little bit easier,” Schlusser said yesterday.

Schlusser was at Canada Post’s main Vancouver branch to kick off a new national campaign that lets Canadians send personal messages of encouragement to our Olympic athletes.

The initiative lets people cut out postcards printed on the back of Cheerios cereal boxes, write a note of encouragement, and send the message to Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Eventually, the postcards will be displayed on a Cheer Wall at the post office at Georgia and Homer streets.

“It’s huge to have all that emotional support from Canadians,” said skier and Whistler native Ashleigh McIvor.

Mary Traversy, with Canada Post, said the campaign provides “unequivocal support to all athletes competing in the 2010 Winter Games.”

“It’s truly beautiful to see such a simple idea ... send such a powerful message,” she said.
With files from Stig Nielsen