TORONTO – The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee are proud to announce that London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians will be receiving the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Toronto. Presenting the award is Minister of State (Sport), The Honourable Bal Gosal. In addition, the CPC will be presenting additional Diamond Jubilee medals to 8 individuals who have helped grow the Paralympic movement in Canada. The ceremony will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum on Friday, December 21, 2012.  Media are invited to attend for photo and interview availabilities.

WHO:  Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
Christopher Overholt, CEO & Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee
François Robert, Executive Director, Partnerships, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament, Etobicoke-Lakeshore

London 2012 Olympians
Diana Matheson, Soccer (Bronze)
Natalie Mastracci, Rowing (Silver)
Janine Hanson, Rowing (Silver)
Derek Drouin, Athletics (Bronze)
Jason Burnett, Trampoline (Silver, 2008)
Nikkita Holder, Athletics
Reid Coolsaet, Athletics
Shona Thorburn, Basketball
Brittany MacLean, Swimming
Jessica Phoenix, Equestrian
Joseph Veloce, Cycling
Joe Bartoch, Swimming
Aaron Brown, Athletics
Sultana Frizell, Athletics
Jacqueline Brooks, Equestrian
Blake Worsley, Swimming
Stephanie Horner, Swimming

London 2012 Paralympians
Rachael Burrows, Athletics
Joel Dembe, Wheelchair Tennis
Leah Robinson, Athletics
Josh Cassidy, Athletics
Tracey Ferguson, Wheelchair Basketball
Tamara Steeves, Wheelchair Basketball
David Blair, Rowing

Paralympic Builders
Jerry Tonello, Coach, Wheelchair Basketball
Steven Keith, Builder
Alex Cranfield-Sinclair, Builder, Swimming
Reg Chappell, Coach, Swimming
Nancy Quinn, Builder
Debbie DeCaire, Builder, Rowing
Dean Mellway, Builder
Helen Manning, Builder, Athletics
Ken Hall, Coach, Athletics

WHEN:  December 21, 2012, 12:00 PM

WHERE:  Royal Ontario Museum
RBC Glass Room
100 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

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