December 12. 2005
The following statement was issued today by
Premier Danny Williams. It was also read in the House of Assembly:
I rise today to offer congratulations to a team of young men from this province
who are now Olympic athletes and role models to us all.
Yesterday afternoon in Halifax, the curling team of Brad Gushue out of the St.
Johnís Curling Club won the Tim Hortonís Canadian Curling Trails. With this win,
they also earned the privilege of representing Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter
Games in Torino, Italy.
This is an extraordinary feat by this young team consisting of: Skip Brad Gushue
of St. Johnís; First Jamie Korab from Harbour Grace; Third Mark Nichols of
Labrador City; along with Russ Howard, a native of New Brunswick and a Canadian
curling legend, throwing second stones; coach Toby MacDonald of St. Johnís;
spare Mike Adam of Labrador City; and the teamís sports psychologist Bas
Kavanagh from the Goulds.
These young men have accomplished something truly awesome. They are the very
first team from our province to compete at the Olympics in any sport. We have
had Newfoundland and Labrador athletes perform at the Olympic Games before,
however, this is truly a first for sport in our province.
The Gushue Rink had a remarkable run in this tournament losing only one match
while competing against the best curlers in the country. It culminated with an
eight to seven win over Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg in a match that I know had
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on the edge of their seats.
When I referred to this team as role models, I did not do so lightly. I have no
doubt that their success will do wonders to increase Newfoundland and Labradorís
reputation, not just in curling circles, but in the sporting world generally.
Our recent accomplishments, including the Gushue Rinkís own triumphs as Canadian
and World Junior Champions and Corner Brookís Bas Buckle Rink winning the Senior
Menís World Curling Championships, have proven that our province can compete
with the best in the world.
This is a true testament to the desire, dedication and raw talent of athletes in
Newfoundland and Labrador, from a talent pool of only a half million people.
I ask all members of this House of Assembly to join with me in congratulating
the Gushue Rink on their world class performance and I know that all of us will
follow them on their exciting journey to Italy as they make a run for Olympic
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