National Special Olympics announced for Corner Brook
Chair Len Moores of the organizing committee for the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games speaks Tuesday at a ceremony at city hall to announce the city’s successful bid to host the event.
The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will be held in Corner Brook in 2016.
The official announcement came today from Derrick Dalley, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.
"This will be the first time the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games have ever been hosted in this province," said Dalley.
Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador serves over 600 people with intellectual disabilities in this province and provides them with the opportunity to engage in many sporting activities that include Provincial and Canada Games.
Kevin Dunphy, Chair of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, said his group is excited that the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will be coming to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016.
"Over the next four years, we will be working to ensure the 2016 games provide a welcoming and supportive environment to all participants."
The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will involve about 1,000 athletes and coaches, as well as 400 to 500 family members, friends, and supporters. Seven sports will be featured which are curling, speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, and Nordic skiing.
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- Jackie Barrett
- - September 25, 2012 at 15:29:41
As a Special Olympics Corner Brook 5 Pin Bowler and Powerlifter, this announcement is great news for the Humber Valley, Bay of Islands, and Corner Brook areas. The next challenge for Special Olympics Corner Brook is not just getting the accommodations, entertainment, and events for the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, but also expand their existing program base including more winter sports. However, Corner Brook is up to the challenge. Corner Brook Vikings all the way.