Health and Community Services
April 1, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Peter Hynes Wins Bronze Medal at Special Olympics World Summer Games

Mr. Speaker, today I recognize an amazing athlete from our province who recently competed with Team Canada at the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

Peter Hynes from Placentia proudly brought home a bronze medal in the mini javelin event, and was one of 19 podium finishes for Canada at the Games. Peter also competed in the 100-metre run event, where he finished fifth.

Peter was the only Newfoundland and Labrador athlete to compete in the Games, and on March 24, a celebration event was held in Placentia to welcome Peter home!

With over 7,000 athletes from 170 countries competing at this multi-sport event, it is a major achievement to represent your country, and it is an outstanding accomplishment to come away with a medal.

Getting to represent Canada on the world stage takes an incredible amount of determination, skill and perseverance, and our government commends Peter for his hard work.

I would also like to extend a special thank you to all of the volunteers, coaches, parents and family members, who, as a group, are an essential part of the success of all Special Olympians in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As well, thank you to Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador which continues to provide opportunities for sport participation and competition in our province.

I invite all members of this House to please join me in congratulating Peter for his many achievements, and, most importantly, being an inspiration to us all.

Thank you.

2019 04 01                              1:45 p.m.