Table Tennis Nominees Announced at Canada Olympic House Unveiling

LONDONTable Tennis Canada has nominated four athletes to represent Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games and they were celebrated in grand style, receiving their official Team jackets from Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the unveiling of Canada Olympic House in London.

Table Tennis players Andre Ho (Richmond, B.C.), Pierre-Luc Hinse (Gatineau, Que.), Eugene Wang (Ottawa) and Mo Zhang (Ottawa) will compete for the maple leaf at the London Olympic Games this summer.

“This is a moment I will remember forever,” said Andre Ho. “How often do you get nominated to the strongest team in the county, and meet the Prime Minister on the same day?”

“I’m so proud that I’ll be part of this amazing team, said Pierre-Luc Hinse. “It’s something I’ve been working towards for a long time and today takes it one step closer to being a reality.”

“Today is a very special day for us,” said Mo Zhang.” I look forward to joining the rest of our teammates back here in London just a few short months from now.”

“This is an unbelievable feeling,” said Eugene Wang, who was granted Canadian citizenship last week. “I am so proud to call myself Canadian and to represent Canada at the Olympic Games.”

Canada Olympic House 2012 will rest in the heart of one of London’s busiest tourist destinations, Trafalgar Square. In addition to Prime Minister Harper, High Commissioner Gordon Campbell and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, James Moore helped the Canadian Olympic Committee reveal Canada House as the home away from home for Canada’s Olympic family during an Olympic Games.

“Canada House has always been a beacon of Canadian Hospitality in this great city, and today we are so thrilled that Prime Minister Harper his here to celebrate this new chapter in its incarnation,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Starting today, as Canada Olympic House, it will be ready to support our outstanding Canadian athletes who will wear the maple leaf with pride during the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

A place for the friends and family of Canadian athletes to gather during the Games; Canada Olympic House is also a place where Canadian Olympic Committee partners will make services available and where Canadian media can work in downtown London. State of the art facilities will be available for use throughout the day, all through the Olympic timeframe.