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Canadian Olympians, Paralympians, Coaches and Builders Receive Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals

VANCOUVER / OTTAWA  – On Friday, 70 of Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians, coaches and Builders gathered in both Vancouver and Ottawa to be honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Recipients were each awarded their medal by the Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Bal Gosal and Minister Gordon O’Connor, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip. 

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COC Board Member and Olympic silver medallist Charmaine Crooks, left, and the Honourable Bal Gosal, centre, stand with London 2012 Olympians following the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Ceremony in Vancouver.
COC photo: Wayne Chose 

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Vancouver area London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians pose in the official group photo following the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Ceremony in Vancouver.
Photo: Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee 

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London 2012 bronze medallist swimmer Brent Hayden poses with his Diamond Jubilee medal after the Vancouver-based ceremony.
COC photo: Wayne Chose 

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Ottawa area London 2012 Olympians pose following the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Ceremony in Ottawa.
COC photo: Greg Kolz 

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Immediate COC Past President, current Board Member Michael Chambers addresses the crowd during the Diamond Jubilee ceremony honouring Canadian Olympic Team London 2012 athletes in Ottawa at the Hotel Indigo near Parliament Hill.
COC photo: Greg Kolz 

 

FLASH QUOTES 

“Representing Canada around at the world for so many years as a tennis player, it’s been a privilege to receive this award in Ottawa.”
- Aleksandra Wozniak, Tennis 

“It’s definitely a great honour to be receiving an award like this. It’s another way to recognize all the hard work and dedication we put in, all of our time.”
- Sasha Mehmedovic, Judo

 “It’s a great honour to be recognized by your country. We all had a great experience at the Olympics, but to be recognized at your hometown is an added bonus.  There are a lot of deserving people receiving this award.”
- Courtnay Pilypaitis, Basketball 

“(This honour is also) for the family members who are supporting these athletes for so many years of hard work, for their sons and daughters, their brothers and sisters.”
- Immediate COC Past President, current Board Member Michael Chambers 

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