Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 26, 2010 10:40 ET

Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), on the Closing of the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2010) - On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to congratulate all our young athletes who competed at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. For many of them, this was their first time representing their country, and they did so with pride and dignity. The outstanding performances of these fine young competitors awed and inspired us, bringing back feelings of pride we had at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Athletes from around the world competed for the first Youth Olympic medals. Our team of 60 athletes—supported by 23 coaches and 8 mission team members—participated in 18 sports.

I am pleased to note that the Youth Olympic medals were designed by Montréal's Setsuko Fukuzawa. Ms. Fukuzawa earned this honour through a global International Olympic Committee contest, thus helping put Canadian creativity in the international spotlight.

These athletes are the future of sport in Canada, and I am proud of each one of them as they strive for excellence. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere congratulations to all our athletes in Singapore.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider - Director of Communications