PM recognizes Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes

September 19, 2012

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in an event on Parliament Hill celebrating the achievements of Canada’s athletes and coaches at the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

”For 31 days the country watched as our Olympians and Paralympians gave their all,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Throughout the Games our athletes consistently represented the best of what it means to be Canadian and did our country proud.”

Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes were presented with Diamond Jubilee Medals in the Senate Chamber by Prime Minister Harper and Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), before being recognized in the House of Commons. This special commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s accession to the throne. It serves to recognize outstanding Canadian contributions and achievements.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games were held from July 27 to August 12 in London, United Kingdom. Canada was represented by more than 275 athletes who competed in a 26 sport program scheduled around London. Canada took home a total of 18 medals at the Olympic Games, walking away with 1 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze medals.

The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games were held from August 29 to September 9 in London, United Kingdom. Canada was represented by more than 145 athletes who competed in 15 sports. Canada won a total of 31 medals at the Paralympic Games, including 7 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze.

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