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October 08, 2009 19:39 ET

Team Canada Wins 36 Medals at the Games of La Francophonie

BEIRUT, LEBANON--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - On behalf of the Government of Canada, three ministers extended their congratulations to Team Canada on its performance at the VI Games of La Francophonie in Beirut, Lebanon. Team Canada came through with flying colours by winning 36 medals in the Games' cultural and sport competitions. This total gave Team Canada a fourth-place ranking overall in medals, behind France, Morocco, and Romania.

Team Canada won a total of 9 gold, 10 silver, and 17 bronze medals. Of that number, 3 medals went to artists in photography, sculpture, and song. The men's beach volleyball team won gold in this demonstration sport at the Games, while the women's team won bronze; these medals are not counted in Team Canada's total.

"The Games of La Francophonie have the special feature of combining culture and sport, and of enabling our participants to celebrate French language and culture, cultural diversity, and sport excellence," said Minister Moore. "I congratulate all of Team Canada's artists and athletes, who put in long hours to prepare for these high-level competitions. Canadians are extremely proud of your performance."

"Our artists and athletes have performed admirably at the Games of La Francophonie, and have once again demonstrated Canada's excellence. Our Government is proud of our athletes and will continue to support them," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). "Since their creation, the Games have enabled thousands of young athletes and artists to benefit from an extraordinary experience and to represent Canada with pride to the world."

"On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to congratulate all three Canadian teams for their excellent work. You have represented our country with gusto on the international scene," said the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie. "The Government of Canada would like to thank Lebanon and the organizers who made this event a resounding success."

The Games of La Francophonie were established at the 1987 Summit of La Francophonie in Quebec City and were first held 20 years ago. This major international cultural and sport event is for athletes and artists from member states and governments of the Francophonie. This year, the Games in Lebanon hosted around 2500 participants from more than 40 delegations.

The Games of La Francophonie are unique among events of this type because they are the only international games featuring competitions in both sport and cultural categories.

Since the first Games of La Francophonie, Canada has sent a delegation made up of three teams: Team Canada, Team Canada–New Brunswick and Team Canada–Quebec. In 2001, Canada had the honour of hosting the IV Games of La Francophonie in the Ottawa–Gatineau region.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Team Canada Medal List
GOLD: 9 medals + 1 in a demonstration sport

Massimo Bertocchi Track and field Decathlon
Genevieve Thibault Track and field 100 m
Chantal Grant, Genevieve Thibault, Kimberly Hyacinthe, and Tenishia Peart Track and field 4 × 100 m relay
Vicky Tolton, Kate Ruediger,
Esther Akinsulie, and Kimberly Hyacinthe
Track and field 4 × 100 m relay
Jared MacLeod Track and field 110 m hurdles
Genevieve Thauvette Culture Photography
Sasha Mehmedovic Judo 66 kg
Mo Zhang and Pradeeban Peter-Paul Table tennis Team
Mo Zhang Table tennis Individual
Jessi Lelliott and Benjamin Saxton Beach volleyball (demonstration sport) Men's

SILVER: 10 medals

Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier Track and field Pole vault
Kristian Wilson Track and field Pole vault
Jennifer Cotten Track and field Heptathlon
Kimberly Hyacinthe Track and field 200 m
Curtis Moss Track and field Javelin
Didier Bence Boxing 91 kg
Sarah Beck Culture Sculpture
Amy Cotton Judo 78 kg
Nicholas Tritton Judo 73 kg
Mo Zhang and Pradeeban Peter-Paul Table tennis Mixed doubles

BRONZE: 17 medals + 1 in a demonstration sport

Julie Labonte Track and field Shot put
Jamie Adjetey-Nelson Track and field Decathlon
Leanna Wellwood Track and field Pole vault
Matthew Lincoln Track and field 1,500 m
Nicole Forrester Track and field High jump
Megan Huzzey Track and field Race walk
David Foley Track and field Pole vault
Esther Akinsulie Track and field 200 m
Mark Dillon Track and field High jump
Jonathan Quinit Boxing 48 kg
Alejandro Ryan Boxing 60 kg
Francois Pratte Boxing 51 kg
Justin Bonhomme Boxing 91 kg
Jonathan Bochner Boxing 64 kg
Karkwa Culture Song
Laurence Cote Judo 63 kg
Joliane Melancon Judo 57 kg
Julie Rodrigue and Heather Bansley Beach volleyball
(demonstration sport)

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