Excellence at Rio Games celebrated at uOttawa

Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Large group of children at the forefront and adults in red tracksuits in the background, all raising their arms up in a gymnasium.

A large group of schoolchildren and athletes gathered at uOttawa on November 2 to celebrate Team Canada’s success at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

By Linda Scales

It was a party atmosphere at the University of Ottawa when more than 250 Canadian Olympians, Paralympians and coaches visited campus on November 2. Joining the fun and games were Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough, uOttawa president Jacques Frémont and some 370 local students in grades 3 to 6.

While commemorating the success of the Team Canada athletes at the Rio Games was the official reason for the visit hosted by the federal government, giving youth the chance to speak and play with the athletes was very much the heart and soul of the gathering.

Qualtrough herself is both an alumna of the University and a three-time medallist (swimming) at the Seoul and Barcelona Paralympics.

The celebration began with a morning kick-off at University Square and was followed by organized sporting activities for the athletes and youth in Montpetit Hall.

The Team Canada visitors were recognized for their accomplishments on Parliament Hill later in the afternoon.

Line of female athletes posing with the gee-gees mascot.

Some Rio 2016 athletes met the Gee-Gee mascot during their visit to campus. Photo: Robert Patterson

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, wearing a jacket with a maple leaf, greets a group of people with handshakes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeted scores of schoolchildren as he arrived at uOttawa to celebrate the Rio 2016 athletes. Photo: Robert Patterson

A woman wearing sunglasses and a red jacket with a maple leaf on the arm.

Olympians and Paralympians signed autographs for local children. Photo: Robert Patterson

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