QUEBEC CITY – Today, members of the London 2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams from Quebec were honoured by the Provincial Government in the National Assembly. The 28 Olympians and Paralympians in attendance proudly represented the Canadian athletes and coaches who were either born, currently reside or currently consider Quebec their home province. This included the 69 athletes and 29 coaches from Quebec who wore the Maple Leaf at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“There’s something very special about being recognized in front of your whole province,” said two-time Canadian Olympic Team fencer Sandra Sassine, of Montreal. “A lot of the work we’ve done to train has happened right here in Quebec and it’s like coming full circle to be back here to celebrate. I know we’re all very proud to be here on behalf of all of those on the Canadian Olympic Team who have called Quebec home at one time or another.”

“While Canadians are proud of each and every one of our Olympic athletes, there is a special bond felt between the athletes and the provinces that they call home,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “We are proud to join with the Government of Quebec and all Members of the National Assembly to honour all of the Canadian athletes who  were born, reside, or train Quebec, and who are represented here today by seven of our Olympic medallists from London 2012. We thank Premier Marois and all Members of the National Assembly for paying tribute to Quebec’s and Canada’s Olympic heroes.”

London 2012 Olympians from Quebec:
1.      Peter Barry, Equestrian
2.      Philippe Beaudry, Fencing
3.      Ryan Cochrane, Canoe-Kayak
4.      Francois Coulombe-Fortier, Taekwondo
5.      Martine Dugrenier, Wrestling
6.      Emilie Fournel, Canoe-Kayak
7.      Hugues Fournel, Canoe-Kayak
8.      Charles Francis, Swimming
9.      Audrey Lacroix, Swimming
10.    Etienne Lalonde Turbide, Fencing
11.    Marie-Andree Lessard, Beach Volleyball
12.    Elise Marcotte, Synchronized Swimming
13.    Annie Martin, Beach Volleyball
14.    Sandra Sassine, Fencing
15.    David Tremblay, Wrestling
16.    Kathy Tremblay, Triathlon
17.    Valerie Welsh, Synchronized Swimming
18.   Aleksandra Wozniak, Tennis

London 2012 Paralympians
1.      Marco Dispaltro, Boccia, Bronze medallist
2.      David Eng, Wheelchair Basketball, Gold medallist
3.      Benoit Huot, Swimming Gold, Silver & Bronze medallist
4.      Marie-Claude Molnar, Cycling, Bronze medallist
5.      Aurélie Rivard, Swimming, Silver medallist
6.      Elaine Allard, Wheelchair Basketball
7.      Marie-Eve Croteau, Cycling
8.      Valérie Drapeau, Swimming
9.      Michel Filteau, Athletics
10.    Bruno Garneau, Boccia
11.    Bruno Haché, Goalball
12.    Robert Labbé, Cycling
13.    Sarah Mailhot, Swimming
14.    Dominique Mainguy, Cycling
15.    Dave Richer, Boccia
16.    Simon Tremblay, Goalball

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