MONTREAL, Oct. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, and Manon Barbe, member of the Montréal Executive Committee responsible for sports, recreation and international sports events, paid tribute today to the Montréal athletes who took part in the 2012 London Olympic Games. The ceremony, which took place at Montréal City Hall, was attended by several athletes as well as members of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee.
"Some of the athletes who took part in the London Olympic or Paralympic Games were born in Montréal, live here or train in the city. On behalf of Montrealers, I would like to say how proud we are of their performances and the values they embody. They are role models of accomplishment for young people who dream of one day standing on the podium, and for all Montrealers," said Mayor Tremblay.
In total, 79 athletes, 58 Olympians and 21 Paralympians, having links with Montréal, took part in the recent London Games, and 14 won medals. Among these athletes, Olympic diver Roseline Filion and Paralympic swimmer Benoît Huot thanked the Mayor publicly for his initiative and presented him with a souvenir. The athletes also thanked Montrealers for their support throughout the Games.
During the event, Mayor Tremblay emphasized that quality infrastructures were built for the Montréal Olympic Games and still benefit high-level athletes as well as the community.
"Montréal does not hesitate to invest the necessary funds, year after year, to maintain and improve sports facilities. We wish to give all athletes who train in Montréal the means to succeed," added Mayor Tremblay.
SOURCE: VILLE DE MONTREAL - CABINET DU MAIRE ET DU COMITE EXECUTIF
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