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Canadian Athletes Honoured with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals

TORONTO – Twenty five of Canada’s Olympians and Paralympians gathered today at Toronto’s iconic Royal Ontario Museum today to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The athletes were joined by Canadian Olympic Committee CEO and Secretary General Christopher Overholt, and were each awarded the coveted medal by the Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Bal Gosal.

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Canadian Olympic Committee CEO and Secretary General Christopher Overholt addresses the audience during the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals to London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians on Dec. 21, 2012.
COC photo: Jenna Muirhead-Gould

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Two-time Olympian and 2008 trampoline silver medallist Jason Burnett and Canadian Olympic Committee CEO and Secretary General Christopher Overholt mingle in the RBC Glass Room in Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award Ceremony for London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians on Dec. 21, 2012.
COC photo: Jenna Muirhead-Gould

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The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) addresses the audience during the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals to London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians based in the GTA on Dec 21, 2012.
COC photo: Jenna Muirhead-Gould

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Two-time Olympian and 2012 soccer bronze medallist Diana Matheson receives her medal from The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Canadian Olympic Committee CEO and Secretary General Christopher Overholt and François Robert, Canadian Paralympic Committee Executive Director, Partnerships, during the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals to London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians at the Royal Ontario Museum on Dec. 21, 2012.
COC photo: Jenna Muirhead-Gould

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Canadian Olympic Team and Canadian Paralympic Team members pose at the Royal Ontario Museum during the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals to London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians on Dec. 21, 2012.
COC photo: Jenna Muirhead-Gould

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Medal recipients Janine Hanson (Rowing), Joe Bartoch (Swimming), Blake Worsley (Swimming), Brittany MacLean (Swimming) and Natalie Mastracci (Rowing) pose for a group photo in the RBC Glass Room at the Royal Ontario Museum during the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals to London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians on Dec. 21, 2012.
COC photo: Jenna Muirhead-Gould

“This has been one of the most incredible years of my life. I still look back on what we were able to accomplish as a team in London and what it has meant to all of Canada and for the growth of soccer in the country. To be here today now to accept this award is truly an honour and an amazing way to end the year.”
- Diana Matheson, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist (Football)

“London 2012 was the experience of my life and I will never forget the feeling of being in that Olympic stadium and feeding off of the amazing atmosphere. It is a really humbling experience to have the government and Minister Gosal take the time to recognize me and my fellow Canadian Olympic Team athletes here today for all the hard work we put into representing our country.”
- Derek Drouin, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist (Atheltics – high jump)

“As the year comes to an end it only seems fitting that I am here with several of my London teammates to look back on all that was accomplished at the Summer Games. We have memories that will last a lifetime and winning that silver medal was such a great moment for my time. It’s humbling to be here today to have the government recognize us and present us with the Diamond Jubilee Medal.”
- Natalie Mastracci, 2012 Olympic silver medallist (Rowing – women’s eight)

“This is a really special day for me and for all of my London teammates to be here to receive a prestigious award like the Diamond Jubilee Medal. As athletes, we put in so much time and sacrifice to achieve our goals of representing Canada on the highest international stage and it feels great to be recognized for that today and to be honoured in this ceremony.”
- Jason Burnett, 2008 Olympic silver medallist (Gymnastics – trampoline)

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