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Crooks and Nakamura awarded the Order of Canada

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According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release on Friday, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Charmaine Crooks of Vancouver, British Columbia and judo coach Hiroshi Nakamura of LaSalle, Quebec were awarded with the Order of Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa.

Crooks won a silver medal for Canada in the women's 4x400m athletics' relay event at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles with Jillian Richardson of Calgary, Alberta, Molly Killingbeck of Etobicoke, Ontario and Marita Payne of Toronto (mother of Canadian basketball star Andrew Wiggins).

Crooks has been recognized not just for her athletic prowess, but her outstanding contributions to Canadian sport as a builder. She has sat on many boards of committees associated with the Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee.

Nakamura, meanwhile, was the head coach of Canadian Olympic medalist Nicolas Gill.

Gill won a silver medal in the men's 86 kg judo division at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and a bronze medal in the men's 100 kg division at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Also honoured Friday was three-time Olympic rowing gold medalist Marnie McBean of Vancouver, British Columbia, who received the Officer of the Order of Canada.

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