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Ten athletes and administrators with ties to Queen’s are representing Canada at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

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Among the ten are current students Katie Abbott (B. Sc’ 10) of Sarnia, ON and John-David (JD) Burnes (B. Sc ’10) of Toronto, ON.

Abbott is a third year biology major and a member of the Queen’s sailing team, competing in the ‘Yngling’ class. Burnes, a second year life sciences student, trained extensively at the Physical Education Centre on campus during the past academic school year and will represent Canada as part of the Archery team.

Alumni heading to the Olympic Games include Tim Berrett (M.A. ‘89 – Economics, MPA ’89) of Edmonton, Alta., (Race Walk); Gordon Cook (B.Sc ’02 – Engineering Physics) of Toronto (Sailing); Lauren Groves (B.A. ’03 Psychology) of Vancouver, Oskar Johansson (B.A. ’02 – Economics; B.Sc ’02 Mechanical Engineering) of Oakville, Ont. (Sailing); Ben Remocker (B.A. ’02 – Economics; B.Sc ’02 Mechanical Engineering) of Vancouver (Sailing); and Andrew Russell (B.A.’05 - Political Studies) of Dartmouth, N.S. (Canoe/Kayak-Flatwater).

This is Berrett’s fifth consecutive appearance at the Olympics and he’s the oldest member of the Canadian contingent, heading to Beijing at age 43. His best finish to date is a tenth place in the 50km Race Walk event during the 1996 Olympic Summer games in Atlanta.

Two other Queen’s alumni will be in China to aid the Canadian team in their quest for gold. Dr. Robert McCormack (Med. 1979) of Vancouver will act as Canada’s Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Andrew Pipe (Med. 1974) of Ottawa will be onsite as a physician.

Queen’s has sent a total of 56 different athletes to the Olympics (summer and winter) capturing nine medals (three gold; two silver and four bronze).

The last Queen’s alumna on the podium was Diane O’Grady when she captured a bronze in rowing as part of the Heavyweight Quads Scull team in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.

Event Schedule (involving Queen’s athletes)
Note – all times are local Beijing time

500m Canoe Doubles (Men’s) - Andrew Russell. August 19, 17:40, August 21, 17:0, August 23, 17:05 (Gold Medal Finals), 17:30 (Medal Ceremony)

50km Race Walk – (Men’s) – Tim Berrett. August 22, 7:30 (Finals)

Archery (Men’s) – J.D. Burnes. August 9, 15:30, August 13, 10:00, 15:30 and August 15, 10:30, 16:00, 16:52, 17:21 , 17:37 (Gold Medal Match & Ceremony)

Sailing – 49er – Gordon Cook/Ben Remocker. August 10, 13:00, August 11, 13:00, August 13, 13:00, August 14, 13:00, August 15, 13:00, August 17, 13:00 (Gold Medal Race & Ceremony)

Sailing- Yngling (Women’s) – Katie Abbott. August 9, 15:00, August 10, 15:00, August 11, 15:00, August 13, 15:00, August 14, 15:00, August 16, 15:00 (Medal Race and Ceremony)

Sailing – Tornado – Oskar Johansson. August 15, 13:00, August 16, 13:00, August 17, 13:00, August 19, 13:00, August 20, 13:00, August 21, 13:00 (Gold Medal Finals and Medal Ceremony)

Triathlon (Women’s) - Lauren Groves. August 18, 10:00 (Finals), 12:20 (Medal Ceremony)

Full Olympics schedule

Olympic medals won by Queen’s University alumni:


Douglas Anakin: 4-Man Bobsled at the 1964 Innsbruck-Ingle Winter Games.

Dr. John Emery: 4-Man Bobsled at the 1964 Innsbruck-Ingle Winter Games.

Mark Evans: Rowing - Eight-Oared Shell with coxswain (8+) at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games.


Angela Bailey: Track & Field - 4x100m relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Terry McLaughlin: Sailing -Flying Dutchman class at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games.


Doug Hamilton: Rowing - Quadruple Sculls without a coxswain (4x) at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games.

Diane O’Grady: Rowing - Heavyweight Quads Sculls without coxswain (4x) at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games.

Barbara Olmsted: Kayak Fours 500m (K4-500) at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Stanley Stanyar: Rowing (eight-oared shell with coxswain) at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games.


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