2012 Olympians and Paralympians honoured in Halifax

HALIFAX – Seven members of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team and one Paralympian were presented Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals in a ceremony yesterday. 2012 Olympic silver medallist Mark de Jonge (Canoe-Kayak), Custio Clayton (Boxing), Jason McCoombs (Canoe-Kayak), Amy Cotton (Judo), Danielle Dubé (Sailing), David Sharpe (Swimming), Ellie Black (Gymnastics) and Paul Tingley (Paralympic Sailing) received their medals from Nova Scotia Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson at Province House in Halifax.

“I am very proud to be a Canadian Olympian and to receive the Queen’s Jubilee Medal,” said Clayton. “I will never forget my experience in London, or the support I’ve received since coming home.”

“My first Olympic experience has been outstanding,” Black said. “Whenever some of us get together at an event like this, it really keeps the Games going for me. We will be linked by this experience forever.”

“It is so rare to get this kind of award,” Harris said. “This is the perfect way to conclude such a once-in-a-lifetime experience like being on the Canadian Olympic Team.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.