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Mayor To Celebrate Kingston's Olympic Athletes

December 6, 2012

Olympians to Attend Community Celebration in Market Square

Kingston's Olympic athletes, who represented Kingston and Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be honoured at a community celebration held on Wednesday December 19 in Springer Market Square from 12 to 2 pm.

From July 27 to August 12, 2012 athletes from across Canada competed in the Olympic Games in London, England. Of those athletes five were from Kingston and two made it to the podium, winning silver medals. Kingston's Olympians include:

  • Rob Gibson Men's Rowing 8 Silver Medalist
  • Will Crothers Men's Rowing 8 Silver Medalist
  • Simon Whitfield Triathlon Flag Bearer opening ceremonies
  • Dylan Wykes Marathon
  • Denise Ramsden Cycling

"I am excited to formally recognize our local Olympic heroes for their achievements in sport during the London Games," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "We have heard from Kingstonians expressing the importance of recognizing our Olympians, and I am happy to invite residents to this celebration to honour these dedicated athletes and ambassadors for our community."

Mayor Gerretsen invites and encourages all community members to join the celebration of these tremendous athletes. This celebratory event includes a special presentation to the Olympians from the Mayor and an opportunity for Kingstonians to meet and interact with our Olympians, including a free skate at the Market Square rink.

During the London 2012 Olympic Games 277 Canadian athletes competed in 26 sports, and they proudly brought home 18 medals. Kingstonians watched with pride as Kingston's own Simon Whitfield led Canada's Olympic Team as the flag bearer for the opening ceremonies, and as Rob Gibson and Will Crothers, members of the men's eight rowing team, took to the podium to accept silver medals.

Residents who want to add some green to their weekend activities are encouraged to travel by transit, visit www.cityofkingston.ca/tripplanner for more information.

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Media contact information:
Mayor Gerretsen
613-546-4291 Ext. 1405