LONDON, ENGLAND -- Three table tennis players based out of Ottawa will be headed to London to represent Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Make that, headed back to London.
Pierre-Luc Hinse, Eugene Wang and Mo Zhang, all based out of the national training centre in Ottawa, were joined by Andre Ho of Richmond, B.C., as they received their official team jackets from Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the unveiling of Canada Olympic House in London Tuesday.
"I'm so proud that I'll be part of this amazing team," said Hinse, in a press release. "It's something I've been working towards for a long time and today takes it one step closer to being a reality."
"Today is a very special day for us," added Zhang. "I look forward to joining the rest of our teammates back here in London just a few short months from now."
"This is an unbelievable feeling," said Wang, who was granted Canadian citizenship last week. "I am so proud to call myself Canadian and to represent Canada at the Olympic Games."
Hinse will be making his first appearance at an Olympic Games. He earned a spot by defeating American Timothy Wang in seven games the final of the second men's qualifying tournament at the North American trials in April. In 2011, Hinse captured the North American and the Canadian championships.
Zhang is returning to the Olympics for the second time in her young career. She is coming off a 2011 season that saw her compete at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico and win gold in the singles event.
Wang is the No. 1-ranked table tennis player in North America and will be making his first appearance at an Olympic Games at London 2012. He became a Canadian citizen in June, in time to represent Canada in London.