(OTTAWA, ON) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Governor General David Johnston, patron of the Canadian Olympic Committee, will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 3 to 8, as Canada’s official representative at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“Canada is extremely proud of each and every one of the athletes who will represent our country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” said Trudeau. “We know of the incredible drive, determination and sacrifice it takes for athletes to compete at this level, and we want them to know that Team Canada, all 35 million people back home, will be watching and cheering them on.”
Three former Windsor Lancers earned their spots on the Team Canada Olympic roster. Track stars Melissa Bishop and Noelle Montcalm will be joined by point guard Miah-Marie Langlois as Canada embarks for the Rio games. Bishop will be competing in the women’s 800m while Montcalm will run the women’s 400m hurdles.
There will be a send-off for the Olympic athletes at the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse at noon on July 26.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first Olympic Games to be held in South America, will be an opportunity for Canadian athletes to write another chapter in the country’s rich sports history. Canadian athletes, as well as their coaches and support staff, have demonstrated tremendous dedication and commitment to rise to a level where they are competing against the best in the world.
The Government of Canada is proud of its role in helping Canadian athletes realize their Olympic dreams. It is the largest single investor in Canada’s sport system, providing funding for initiatives that support high-performance athletes and that promote sport participation among all Canadians.
— UWindsor (@UWindsor) July 18, 2016