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Canadian track legend Bruny Surin named to Order of Canada

The Order of Canada recognizes those who have made special contributions to our nation

Canadian record holder and four-time Olympian Bruny Surin was appointed to the Order of Canada on Wednesday among 135 appointees.

The Order of Canada is one of the highest civilian honours, recognizing those who have made special contributions to the nation.

Surin won Olympic gold with the men’s 4x100m relay team at the 1996 Olympics alongside Donovan Bailey, Glenroy Gilbert and Robert Esmie. Surin began his career as a long jumper at the 1988 Olympics. Although he didn’t start sprinting till after the 1988 Games, he represented Canada the 100m at the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

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Surin is also a two-time indoor and world champion with a 100m personal best time of 9.84 seconds (tied for the Canadian record with Donovan Bailey).

The Order of Canada honour also highlights the work Surin has done off the track. In 2002, he founded the Bruny Surin Foundation to help promote the importance of active lifestyles to youth. The foundation currently awards more than $20,000 to promising student-athletes each year in Quebec.

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Surin was born in Haiti and moved to Quebec City in 1975, at the age of seven. In 2008, he was voted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. His daughter Katherine Surin is an up-and-coming 400m sprinter, who hopes to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games.