OTTAWA, Ont. – Members of Canada’s 2012 Summer Olympic Team were in the capital Wednesday to visit local schools, The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and meet with fans and politicians on Parliament Hill.

The athletes got a big welcome in the House of Commons, where MPs got to their feet and gave them a standing ovation.
As they made their way out of the foyer, athletes were bombarded by adoring fans asking for autographs.

Kayaker Adam Van Koeverden was a fan-favourite with women and patiently posed for several photos.

He tells 1310news his silver medal from the K1 1,000-metre gets a lot of attention.

“I don’t wear it as a neck-tie. I think it’s kind of awkward to walk around with it, it’s quite heavy,” he says with a smile.
But Van Koeverden says he has no problem, pulling his medal out for fans to take a look.

“It’s a great honour to meet young people that like to engage in the world of Olympic sport. It’s my pleasure,” he says.

Paralympic swimmer Summer Mortimer agrees.

She brought two gold, one silver and one bronze from London but says meeting with fans is just as exciting.

“It was a lot of fun. I mean it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says Mortimer.