Wellness, Culture and Sport

New Brunswick athlete and coach successful at Special Olympics World Winter Games (09/02/19)

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Feb. 19, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Cross country skier Rémi Aubé was successful at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, winning bronze in the 3-km classical race, and finishing fourth in both the 1-km freestyle race and the 4x1-km relay freestyle.

Aubé, a 28-year-old from Nigadoo, and his coach, Don Lavigne of Petit-Rocher, have been involved with Special Olympics for the last 10 years. Aubé has competed in four Special Olympics Canada Games, but this was his first experience at the international level.

"I congratulate Rémi and Don on their accomplishments," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert. "Your perseverance, hard work and dedication to your sport have resulted in great success at the international level. You are not only great ambassadors for the Special Olympic movement in Canada, but you are also great ambassadors for our province."

About 2,500 athletes from 100 countries competed in seven sports at the Games, which ran from Feb. 7-13.

The Special Olympics World Games are held biannually, and alternate between summer and winter. Since 1968, athletes have gathered to celebrate sport and showcase the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities.


MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle McFarlane, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.