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Sarah Burke

Pioneers of Winter Sports

Title

Sarah Burke

Denomination

63¢

Date of Issue

February 3, 2014

Year

Quantity

2,200,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Pioneers of Winter Sports

Series Time Span

2014

Perforation or Dimension

Serpentine Die Cut 13½

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design: Paprika. Illustration: Louis Hébert.

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found in the bottom-left corner.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 200,000
Original Price: $6.30
Dimension: 26 mm x 32 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours

Souvenir sheet

Quantity Produced - 200,000
Original Price: $1.89
Dimension: 126 mm x 90 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 8 colours

OFDC

Quantity Produced - 12,000
Cancellation Location: Whistler BC
Original Price: $1.63
Dimension: 191 mm x 113 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours

About Stamp

In a year when Canadians will be focused on winter sports excellence, Canada Post is shining the light on three history-makers and record-breakers. Each woman honoured in this set of stamps has changed the face of her sport and left an indelible mark on the memories of her fans.

Louis Gagnon, Creative Director and Partner with Montréal’s Paprika, explains that the three stamps were designed to have a classic memorial look. "The illustrations represent the athletes in full action, which contrasts with the simplicity of the design," he says. "The vibrant, powerful style reflects the prowess of the three champions. The setting features an element that reminds us of the athlete’s sport – and the colour scheme is influenced by the colours of the Olympic logo."

According to Stamp Program Manager Elia Anoia, both the production process and the final result are also dependent on the cooperation and involvement of the families, foundations and archives that act as keepers of the memory of the women recognized here. "This can be an emotional process for the family, particularly if the loss is a recent one. We hope that it’s a positive and healing experience, a chance to remember the best of times – the families are thrilled by the fact that we are honouring these Canadian women with a stamp."

Sarah Burke
Born in Barrie, Ontario, in 1982, freestyle half-pipe world champion Sarah Burke was the first woman to land a 1080-degree spin in competition. She took the 2007 ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, and won four gold medals at the 2011 Winter X Games, plus one more at Europe’s Winter X Games. She also successfully lobbied for the inclusion of her sport in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The OFDC is cancelled at Whistler, British Columbia, where Burke spent much of her time training and coaching.

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