Nova Scotia is sending nine Olympic athletes to Rio to represent Canada this month.
“Nova Scotians will be cheering for their fellow Bluenosers and all members of Team Canada during the 2016 Olympic Games,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.
“How exciting it must be for these athletes to be on the world stage at the very top of their sports. We are proud of them and, on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish them well. May they continue to represent their province and their country with resolve and determination.”
The Olympic Games officially open Friday, Aug. 5, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and run until Aug. 21.
The athletes representing Nova Scotia are:
— Eric Gillis, Antigonish, marathon
— Mark de Jonge, Halifax, men’s K-1 200m (sprint)
— Genevieve Orton, Lake Echo, women’s K-2 500m (sprint)
— Ryan Cochrane, Windsor, men’s K-2 200m (sprint)
— Ellie Black, Halifax, women’s artistic gymnastics
— Erin Rafuse, Halifax, women’s 49er FX, sailing
— Danielle Boyd, Halifax, women’s 49er FX, sailing
— Graeme Saunders, Chester, men’s 470, sailing
— Jacob Saunders, Chester, men’s 470, sailing