VANCOUVER – Today, the contributions of four London 2012 Canadian Olympians, five London 2012 Canadian Paralympians and four of Canada’s Olympic Builders were celebrated through the presentation of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals at a special ceremony in Vancouver. This ceremony is the final of a series of special events that have taken place across Canada in which Canadian Olympic Team members from last summer’s Olympic Games, as well as Canadian Olympic builders, have been honoured with the Diamond Jubilee medal.

“An athlete’s path to the podium is built on a foundation of coaching and passion and we owe a great debt to those who have selflessly contributed their talents to building Canadian sport excellence,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Without the dedication of those we celebrate today, our nation’s Olympic movement would not be on such a dramatic trajectory and for that, we sincerely thank them.”

“I have been fortunate to have had experienced many unique moments in life, and being awarded this Diamond Jubilee medal will surely be remembered,” said Sally Rehorick, Chef de Mission, Salt Lake City 2002. “I can’t help but note all the incredible national heroes that have been granted this distinction and I am humbled to be included in this list of wonderful Canadians.”

“Being honoured in this fashion is incredibly special,” said Brittany Timko (soccer), London 2012 Bronze medallist. “To be personally recognized for our team’s contributions on the pitch last summer in London is something I am very thankful for. This medal will serve as a reminder of all the hard work and dedication that went along with our performances – moments that I am so incredibly lucky to have been able to share with so many Canadians across the country.”

“It was an honor to represent Canada at the London 2012 Paralympics,” said Ian Chan, a London 2012 silver medallist in wheelchair rugby. “It’s so nice to be recognized by our country and honored for our contributions to our communities. I am inspired to bring home a gold medal in Rio 2016!”

The following athletes were honoured today in Vancouver with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal:

London 2012 Olympians
Laura Brown, Cycling
William Dean, Rowing
Nikola Girke, Sailing
Brittany Timko, Soccer, Bronze Medallist

London 2012 Paralympians
Ian Chan, Wheelchair Rugby, 2-time Silver Medallist, Bronze Medallist
Eleonore Elston, Equestrian
Monica Martino, Boccia
Doug Ripley, Goalball
Ahmad Zeividavi, Goalball

In addition to the London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians, the ceremony also honoured 4 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 
Charmaine Crooks, five-time Olympian, Canadian Olympic Committee Board Member
Les McDonald, Former President Triathlon Canada, Former Member of the International Triathlon Union
Sally Rehorick, Chef de Mission, Salt Lake City 2002
Allan Wills, President, Archery Canada

The Diamond Jubilee medals have provided 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 have been recognized.

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