PM congratulates Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel on Olympic medal

Ottawa, Ontario
29 July 2012

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today congratulated Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel on their bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

“I would like to congratulate divers Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel on their bronze medal in the Women’s Synchronized 3-metre Springboard event at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games,” said the Prime Minister. “Across the country we watched as you competed, and our hearts filled with pride as you won a place on the Olympic podium, the first one for Canada in these Games.”

Émilie Heymans was born in Belgium and resides in St-Lambert, Quebec. This is her fourth Olympic medal and the first in these Games, having won medals at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games as a duo and her first individual medal in 2008 in Beijing. Ms. Heyman is the first female diver to win medals in four consecutive Olympic Games.

Jennifer Abel was born in Montréal and resides in Laval, Quebec. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she became one of the youngest divers in Canadian history to represent her country at the Olympic Games. This is Ms. Abel’s first Olympic medal.

In 2010, Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel reached the podium together on the FINA Grand Prix, World Series, and World Cup circuits. Today marks their first Olympic medal as a duo.

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.