TORONTO – Today, the contributions of two London 2012 Canadian Olympians and fifteen of Canada’s Olympic Builders were celebrated through the presentation of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals at a special ceremony in Toronto. This ceremony is one of a series that has been taking place across Canada in which Canadian Olympic Team members from last summer’s Olympic Games, as well as Canadian Olympic builders, are being honoured with the Diamond Jubilee medal.

“I’m so grateful for this honour,” said Gordon Cook, member of the London 2012 sailing team. “It was amazing to represent my country as a member of the 2012 Olympic Team, and now to receive this medal today – it’s as if my Olympic adventure continues well past the Games!”

“Our objectives as sport volunteers are certainly not to receive awards,” said Martha Deacon, member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors. “However, I must admit that I am tremendously honoured to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal today. I am incredibly proud of what sport can accomplish for all of Canada, and vow to continue to do my part to continue to contribute. This recognition is the result of so many who work to strengthen sport in Canada every day.”

“I thank the Canadian Olympic Committee for this honour,” said rowing Olympic medallist Marnie McBean. “While my career as an athlete is over, I know that I can continue to use my experience to help new generations of athletes who represent Canada at Olympic Games. Today’s event certainly reminds me of the importance of those who contribute behind the scenes, and I am honoured to be included among such an inspiring group of builders.”

“Each one of these athletes and builders has set a perfect example of excellence in our great country,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Through their dedication to sport and the Canadian Olympic movement, these outstanding individuals have inspired countless Canadians with their accomplishments on and off the field of play. We congratulate them today on receiving the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, and we thank them for their contributions.”

London 2012 Olympians
– Gordon Cook, Sailing
– Sheila Reid, Athletics

In addition to the London 2012 Olympians, the ceremony also honoured fifteen individuals who, over the course of their careers in Canadian sport, have helped to build the Olympic movement and contributed to the overall success of Canadian Olympic Teams.

Canadian Olympic Committee Builders
– David Bedford, Athens 2004 Chef de Mission
– Fred Blaney, Olympian and Judo Official
– James Christie, Journalist
– Ann Johnston Colman, 1956 Olympian, Community sport leader
– Slava Corn, VP, International Gymnastics Federation
– Martha Deacon, Member of the COC Board of Directors
– Paul Henderson, Former President, International Sailing Union
– Marnie McBean, Olympian (rowing)
– Dr. Mike Murphy, President, Rowing Canada
– Gordon Peterson, COC Vice President
– Wayne Russell, COC Board of Directors Treasurer
– Robert Storey, Chairman Masabe, former IOC Member, Olympian, former President International Bobsleigh Federation
– Nick Thierry, Swimming Official and builder
– Brian Wakelin, Nagano 1998 Chef de Mission
– Birgitte Worrall, Wife of legendary Olympian and builder James Worrall

The Diamond Jubilee medals provide a unique opportunity to honour exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens, communities and country. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians from across the country and various walks of life will be recognized.

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