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Toronto to toast Canada's Olympic athletes with parade

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The Canadian Press
5/1/2012 3:23:40 PM
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TORONTO -- Toronto will roll out the red carpet next fall for Canada's London Olympic athletes.

The Canadian Olympic Committee unveiled plans Tuesday for Hall of Fame week that will culminate with a parade in downtown Toronto on Sept. 21 and a fundraising dinner and ceremony that night at the Air Canada Centre.

"There really is no greater honour than competing for your country," said Karen Cockburn, who will make her fourth Olympic appearance in trampoline in London.

"The Canadian Hall of Fame week is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Olympic achievement and the journey the athletes and the fans have taken to get there together. It's also a way for Canadians who've captured that Olympic spirit help support Canadian athletes."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will act as honorary Chair of Hall of Fame week, which will kick off Sept. 19 in Ottawa with a visit by Canada's Olympic athletes to the House of Commons.

The 2012 class of inductees will be honoured at the dinner, with proceeds going to the Canadian Olympic Foundation in support of Canadian athletes.

"The intention is to create a world class event, this is going to be very very big for this city, in size and grandeur and entertainment," said former Ontario premier David Peterson, a co-chair of the event.

Canadian Olympic Swim Team  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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