“I wish to congratulate Mark de Jonge on his bronze medal in the 200m kayak event today,” said the Prime Minister. “His commitment to the sport has brought him all the way to the Summer Olympic Games and to the podium, making Canadians everywhere proud.”
Mark de Jonge of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a first time Olympian, having earned a spot for Canada at the London 2012 Games by placing sixth in the kayak single 200m at the 2011 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. This is his first Olympic medal and the third of the 2012 Olympics for the Canadian kayak and canoe team.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are being held from July 27 to August 12 in London, United Kingdom. Canada is being represented by more than 275 athletes who are competing in a 26 sport program scheduled around London. More than 10,500 athletes, coaches and team officials from at least 200 countries are participating in these Summer Olympic Games.