News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Government of Canada Announces Support for Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook

Games being hosted in Newfoundland and Labrador for the first time

From March 1-5, 2016, Newfoundland and Labrador will play host to the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games for the first time.  During an event in Corner Brook today, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced a $250,000 contribution from the Government of Canada for the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Games Organizing Committee Inc. to host the event.

 The 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games is a premiere series of sporting events involving seven sports: alpine skiing, cross country skiing, figure skating, speed skating, curling, floor hockey and snowshoeing. The City of Corner Brook is hosting the event, which will welcome 1,000 athletes, coaches and mission staff from all over Canada, along with more than 1,000 volunteers, family members and friends.  The Government of Canada investment, through ACOA, will allow the host city to upgrade community infrastructure, acquire equipment and undertake marketing activities.  These activities support efforts underway to successfully host the Games and enhance the capacity of the City of Corner Brook to host national and international events.      

The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games is a national sporting event for competitive athletes with intellectual disabilities. Each athlete must qualify at the local and provincial level before coming to the national games. As well, the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games is a qualifying event for athletes to represent Canada at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. 

Quick Facts: 

  • This $250,000 investment from the Government of Canada was made through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) to enable the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Games Organizing Committee Inc. to host the event.
  • The Special Olympics Canada 2016 Games Organizing Committee Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that was incorporated to organize the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games.
  • Special Olympics Canada enriches the lives of Canadians with intellectual disability through sport and is a catalyst for change by instilling confidence in its athletes, transforming attitudes towards people with an intellectual disability, and building stronger communities by creating a more inclusive society. 

Quotes:

 “The Government of Canada is proud to support the City of Corner Brook as it plays host to this very important national event that will celebrate an incredible group of Canadian athletes.  In addition, infrastructure investments are a proven, effective means of boosting economic activity, and the visibility gained from national and potential international media exposure will enhance tourism for the City of Corner Brook and surrounding region.”

-     The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 

“I am extremely pleased to make this announcement today that will ultimately provide significant economic benefits to the western region. I would also like to congratulate the Games Organizing Committee, the City of Corner Brook and Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, whose dedication and tenacity have made this event possible.”

-      Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament, Long Range Mountains

“We are very excited to be hosting the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Newfoundland and Labrador next month, and value the partnership with the Government of Canada to support this amazing event.  We have so many talented athletes from all across Canada and they are looking forward to demonstrating their achievements next month here in Corner Brook.”

-      Len Moores, Special Olympics Canada 2016 Games Organizing Committee Inc.

“Special Olympics Canada is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Government of Canada, received through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, for the hosting of the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. We anticipate a first-class sporting event that will allow athletes from all 12 provincial and territorial chapters to perform at their best, while providing them, their coaches, mission staff, and families and friends a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the unique experiences Corner Brook and Western Newfoundland have to offer. This event is sure to leave a lasting legacy for the community and for Special Olympics in Newfoundland and Labrador.” 

-      Sharon Bollenbach, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada

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Contacts: 

Julie Afonso
Acting Director, Public Affairs
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
Julie.Afonso@canada.ca

Len Moores
Special Olympics Canada 2016 Games Organizing Committee Inc.
709-638-4280
lenmoores@yahoo.ca

 


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