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Monday, September 10, 2012

RCM Alumni Win 18 Medals at 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games


CLASSICALLY-TRAINED CANADIAN ATHLETES WIN
18 MEDALS AT LONDON 2012 SUMMER GAMES
The Royal Conservatory Congratulates Its
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Alumni

Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, proudly congratulates the alumni of The Conservatory that represented Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, winning a total of 18 medals. Nineteen of the 277 Canadian Olympians studied the Conservatory curriculum, as did nine of the 145 Canadian Paralympians.

At the Olympics, Conservatory alumni won medals in six events, including Silver medals in both the Men’s and Women’s Rowing Eight. At the Paralympics, Conservatory alumni won nearly 45% of Canada’s 30 medals, including two Gold medals.  Paralympic swimmer and Conservatory alumna Summer Mortimer also set two World Records in the process.

Alumni of The Conservatory figured prominently in many of Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic storylines: the incredible finish for the Men’s Rowing Eight, Paula Findlay’s inspirational run; the heroics of Erin McLeod and Canada’s Women’s Soccer team; and multiple medals for Paralympians Summer Mortimer, Brianna Nelson, and Jason Dunkerley and Joshua Karanja.

Canadians with a Conservatory connection from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan converged in London and inspired a nation as they competed against the world’s top athletes. Classically-trained pianists, guitarists, singers, cellists and clarinetists focused their attention on events such as Rowing, Swimming, Archery, Women’s Hammer Throw, Wheelchair Basketball, Equestrian, and Track and Field.  

Other sporting alumni of The Royal Conservatory include Stanley Cup-winner Scott Niedermayer; winter Olympian Heather Moyse; former Olympians Silken Laumann and Beth Underhill; professional wrestler Val Venis; as well as several Major League Baseball players and members of Canadian national teams.

Alumni of The Royal Conservatory who competed in the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games:
·         Michael BraithwaiteMen’s Rowing
·         Jeremiah BrownMen’s Rowing – Silver Medal Winner
·         Hilary CaldwellWomen’s Swimming
·         Doug CsimaMen’s Rowing – Silver Medal Winner
·         Crispin DuenasMen’s Archery
·         Paula Findlay: Women’s Triathlon
·         Nathan Gafuik: Men’s Gymnastics
·         Thomas GosslandMen’s Swimming
·         Janine HansonWomen’s Rowing  Silver Medal Winner
·         Natalie MastracciWomen’s Rowing – Silver Medal Winner
·         Martha McCabeWomen’s Swimming
·         Erin McLeodWomen’s Soccer – Silver Medal Winner
·         Sherraine SchalmWomen’s Individual Épée
·         Jessica Smith: Women’s Track & Field
·         Heather Steacy:  Women’s Track & Field
·         Jillian Tyler: Women’s Swimming
·         Donna Vakalis: Women’s Modern Pentathlon
·         Joseph VeloceMen’s Cycling
·         Lauren Wilkinson: Women’s Rowing – Silver Medal Winner

Alumni of The Royal Conservatory who competed in the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games:
·         Patrick AndersonWheelchair Basketball, Men's– Gold Medal Winner
·         Lauren Barwick, AKA The Centaur: Equestrian
·         Logan CampbellSailing
·         Jason DunkerleyTrack and Field – Bronze, Silver Medal Winner
·         Tracey FergusonWheelchair Basketball, Women's
·         Trevor Hirschfield AKA T-Bone: Wheelchair Rugby, Men's– Silver Medal Winner
·         Joshua Karanja: Track and Field, Guide Runner (for Jason Dunkerley) – Bronze, Silver Medal Winner
·         Summer Mortimer AKA The Storm: Swimming – Gold, Silver (x2), Bronze Medal Winner
·         Brianna NelsonSwimming– Silver (x2) Medal Winner

Now in its 125th anniversary year, The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visit www.rcmusic.ca.

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