July 12, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Forty-two athletes will represent the province at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in London, Ont. The Games will run from Tuesday, July 13, to Saturday, July 17.
"I am very proud of all Team New Brunswick athletes attending the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games this week," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert. "It is an important step for these athletes who have invested a significant amount of time and effort to represent their province by qualifying for the Games. I wish them well."
The New Brunswick athletes will compete in six activities: five-pin bowling, 10-pin bowling, swimming, soccer, athletics and softball. They will be among 1,400 athletes from across Canada who will be participating. The Games will be used to select the Canadian team that will compete at the International Special Olympics Games in Athens, Greece, next summer
The Canadian Special Olympics were first held in Toronto in 1969. They are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter.
Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians who have an intellectual disability through sport. It is a national, not-for-profit organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for more than 32,000 athletes of all ages and abilities. More than 14,600 volunteers, including more than 13,000 trained coaches, support Special Olympics programs nationwide.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.