Children, Seniors and Social Development
March 30, 2017

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development:

Minister Gambin-Walsh Recognizes Special Olympics Participants

Today, I am honoured to recognize four athletes from this province who recently competed with Team Canada at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria - Justin Dodge of Grand Bank, Floressa Harris of Gander, Sandra Smith of Carbonear, and Crystal Young of Harbour Grace.

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to stand in this House today to recognize these outstanding athletes, each of whom are proudly bringing home medals in snowshoeing events.

Being chosen to represent Canada on the world stage is a huge accomplishment. With close to 3,000 athletes from 107 nations competing at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, this experience is something these athletes won’t soon forget.

Mr. Speaker, getting to this level of sport takes an incredible amount of determination, skill and perseverance, and I commend our athletes for their hard work and enthusiasm.

Sporting and recreation activities can have a profound impact on the individuals who participate and contribute to the development of stronger social networks. They not only provide opportunities for engagement, but also help build communities through social inclusion and a sense of connection.

Mr. Speaker, I applaud Justin, Floressa, Sandra and Crystal for their outstanding achievements, including nine medal wins – five gold, three silver and one bronze – they bring home for Team Canada. We look forward to hosting them soon at Confederation Building to honour their achievements.

I ask my Honourable colleagues to join me in extending our sincerest congratulations.

Thank you.

2017 03 30                              2:25 p.m.