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Canadian Heritage

February 17, 2009 17:33 ET

Canadian Olympians Take Home Gold in Boise, Idaho, USA

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), saluted the excellent performance of our Special Olympics athletes in Boise, Idaho, as Canadian athletes completed a successful 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which featured a record 20 medals, including 11 gold, in just one day of competition.

"This has been an amazing week for Canadian athletes," said Minister of State Lunn. "Canadians like our first medal winner Paige Norton, who took home gold in speed skating, are making us proud." Paige Norton, of Abbottsford, British Columbia, was the first Canadian to win a medal, taking home the gold in the 222 m speed skating event.

This highly successful Special Olympics follows a record-setting two weeks as Canadian athletes took home more than 40 medals in international competitions in winter Olympic events. "All our athletes are making us proud, and down in Boise, Idaho, Canada was very well represented by our 113 athletes, coaches, and volunteers," added Minister of State Lunn.

Special Olympics Canada is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing dedicated service to our 31 000 Special Olympics athletes and providing training and competition opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities. More than 10 000 certified volunteers and coaches are currently involved with Special Olympics, making their programs and services important contributors to healthier Canadian communities.

As part of the multi-year economic action plan for Canada, the Government increased funding to Special Olympics to $1.5 million for 2009-2010 to ensure this valuable Canadian institution does not suffer during this time of economic global uncertainty.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Sean O'Leary
    819-997-6408
    1-866-669-6155
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-669-6155