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Ladner Storm From British Columbia Takes Home BMO Team of the Week Title

- U-10 girls the first Soccer Development Team entered into regular season play by the Ladner Girls Soccer Club

- Team vying to be 2012 BMO Team of the Week Champion, a title which includes $125,000 towards a field refurbishment

LADNER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) -

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BMO Financial Group today announced the seventh in a series of weekly BMO Team of the Week winners for 2012. The Ladner Girls Development Team Storm, a group of U-10 girls, was awarded this week's title after being selected by the BMO of Team of the Week panel of judges.

"Rain or shine, we play, and it's an honour to know that our dedication has been recognized," said Robb Semler, Head Coach, Ladner Girls U-10 Development Team Storm. "In addition, the opportunity to win a prize for upgrades to our field is fantastic not only for this team, but also for the community. Our girls work so hard to excel at a sport they love, and at the same time, share their love of soccer by making the effort to mentor younger players; I couldn't ask for a better group of girls to coach."

The Ladner Storm are the seventh team (age 7-12) across Canada to be selected as weekly winners based on team pride, team spirit, community involvement and passion for the game. As part of a nationwide youth soccer program, BMO will name one Team of the Week honouree each week for 15 weeks. The 15 winners will then vie for the title of 2012 BMO Team of the Week champion, to be selected by the Canadian public. Online voting will begin on August 13.

"Team Storm has an unshakeable spirit that translates into an incredible team bond," said Jennifer Muench, District Vice-President, Vancouver. "I'm honoured to recognize the Ladner Storm, an inspiration to other youth soccer clubs and the first winner from British Columbia for the 2012 BMO Team of the Week program. Congratulations to these girls and the community which supports them."

About BMO Team of the Week

BMO Team of the Week is Canada's premier sport celebration at the grassroots level, engaging a nation and inspiring communities by recognizing youth soccer teams who demonstrate team pride, team spirit, community commitment and passion for the game. Fifteen weekly winners will be named BMO Team of the Week starting April 18, and entered for a chance to be voted by Canadians as BMO Team of the Week 2012 Champion. The grand prize includes a $125,000 refurbishment of their community soccer field, a road trip to a Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact FC, or Canadian National Team home game, plus a $5,000 donation to the team's charity of choice.

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Krysta Cooke, Toronto
(416) 867-3996

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596

Ron Monet, Montreal
(514) 887-1873