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Toronto gives nod to Olympians

TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto City Council paid tribute today to the Greater Toronto Area athletes who took part in the 2012 London Olympic Games. The ceremony, which took place at Toronto City Hall, was attended by several athletes as well as members of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee.

“The city of Toronto is such an important part of the Canadian Olympic family,” said Canadian Olympic Committee CEO and Secretary General Christopher Overholt. “Only a few short months ago, these athletes and coaches packed up their bags, and said goodbye to their families. Then they flew to London to compete for Canada at the greatest spectacle in global sport. Truly, they are Toronto’s hometown heroes.”

“It was great to have some of our hometown athletes at City Hall today,” said Mayor Rob Ford.  “These athletes did a fantastic job representing Canada at the 2012 London Olympics and I look forward to cheering them on in front of a hometown crowd in Toronto, at the 2015 Pan Am Games.”

Basketball player Alisha Tatham and rhythmic gymnasts Rosie Cossar and Alexandra Landry were the three Olympians honoured by Toronto City Council, as were Paralympians Michael Heath (Swimming) and Joel Dembe (Wheelchair Tennis).