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Canadian Heritage

July 13, 2010 18:20 ET

"Let the Games Begin" Special Olympics Open with Government of Canada Investment

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today officially opened the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games and reaffirmed the Government of Canada's support for Special Olympics Canada.

"The Special Olympics are about recognizing the champion in all of us," said Minister of State Lunn. "By working in partnership with different levels of government, sport organizations, and the private sector, Special Olympics Canada is contributing to a dynamic sport movement that offers people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train, compete, and reach their full potential."

The 12th Special Olympics Canada Summer Games run from July 11 to 17 in London, Ontario, and are a qualifying event for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Athletes will compete in eight different sports: athletics, 5- and 10-pin bowling, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, and swimming.

"Congratulations to every athlete here today! Through sheer determination and hard work, you have excelled physically. You have followed your dreams and achieved your full potential and, in doing so, you have set an example for all Canadians. We are very proud of you, and we wish you all the best," added Minister of State Lunn.

The Government of Canada believes that participation in sport is part of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy society.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium. A contribution of $1.5 million, including $500,000 directly for the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, was provided to Special Olympics Canada in 2009–2010. An additional $1 million per year was committed in Budget 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 to Special Olympics Canada.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

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