OTTAWA, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper
and our Government, we would like to offer our most heartfelt
congratulations to Simon Whitfield, who was today named as Canada's
flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Summer
In just 15 days, Mr. Whitfield will lead his teammates into the Olympic
Stadium in London with our magnificent Canadian flag in the forefront
-- truly an experience of a lifetime.
A total of 250 talented athletes along with their coaches and support
staff will make up the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team heading to London.
The Games, which will be held from July 27 to August 12, 2012, are
expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries.
The Harper Government recognizes that our ever-inspiring athletes are an
enormous source of pride for all Canadians, and serve as excellent role
models for our youth.
We have maintained record level funding to the Canadian sport system,
including our support for the Canadian Olympic Committee, summer
national sport organizations and Own the Podium, so that we can ensure
our athletes reach the podium at every possible opportunity.
We look forward to joining millions of Canadians across the country to
cheer on our Canadian Olympic athletes as they take on the world's best
with pride, determination and the maple leaf close to their hearts.
A list of Canada's Olympic team members and other information on the
2012 London Olympic Summer Games is available on the Canadian Olympic
Committee website at www.olympic.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(media only), please contact:
Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)