Olympic champion named to Order of Ontario

Andre De Grasse, the country’s most decorated male summer Olympian and most decorated track and field athlete, has been appointed to the Order of Ontario for 2022.

The honour, announced on November 13 by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, is the highest available to civilians in Ontario.

The two-time Olympian has earned six Olympic medals (one gold, two silver and three bronze) and has won a sprint medal at every world championship – except for 2017 when an injury ruled him out – since he won bronze in the 100m in Beijing in 2015.

The Markham resident has also made his mark off the track. In 2018, he launched the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation to inspire and empower youth through improved access to sport, education and health care. Its vision reflects the 28-year-old’s mantra to ‘Speak It Into Existence.’

“Winning medals has made Andre a champion on the track, but giving back is what makes him a true champion in my eyes,” his first coach, Tony Sharpe, said at the charitable foundation’s launch. “Some were surprised that Andre went back to finish his university degree at USC after winning three Olympic medals, but that was always the plan and he stuck to it.”

De Grasse’s best-selling children’s book, ‘Race With Me!’, is about mindfulness and perseverance and tells the story of his life and illustrates how Ontarians have won with him every step of the way.

De Grasse joins 26 other new appointees, which include NHL Hall of Famer Eric Lindros and 2010 Winter Olympic gold medallist Christine Nesbitt. Any Ontarian who has shown the highest level of excellence and achievement in any field and whose impact has left a lasting legacy in our province, in our country and around the world is eligible to be nominated.

Since its creation in 1986, the Order of Ontario has recognized more than 800 people for their extraordinary contributions. Incoming lieutenant governor Edith Dumont will present the Order of Ontario to De Grasse and the other new appointees in a ceremony in Toronto on November 27.

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