Special Olympics Canada names Newfoundlander female athlete of the year

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Janet Maher of Mount Pearl, a multi-sport Special Olympics athlete, has been named the 2008 female athlete of the year by Special Olympics Canada. Maher was selected from a group of nominees across the country.
Maher has been active in Special Olympics for over 10 years participating in floor hockey, bowling, athletics and soccer. She has competed at a number of national games, but was most recently a key member of the national gold medal floor hockey team in Quebec City.
Johnny Byrne, executive director of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, said the organization is thrilled with Maher's selection.
"The recognition of Janet's accomplishments on the national level brings about great pride for our organization's athletes, volunteers and staff," Byrne said. "The significance of this accomplishment is magnified by the road that Janet travelled and the barriers she has crossed to get to this point. Janet is an inspiration and role model for us all and we are thrilled to see her recognized as Canada's greatest female athlete for 2008."
As the recipient of this prestigious award, Maher has been invited to Toronto. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Special Olympics Canada will host its annual awards evening, at which time, her efforts will be acknowledged and award presentations made and, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, she has been invited to attend the Special Olympics Festival.

Organizations: Special Olympics Canada, Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographic location: Canada, Mount Pearl, Quebec City Toronto

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  • Former Special Olympian
    July 29, 2010 - 08:50

    Why are people still congratulating her? As far as I know, Janet passed away later in 2008 or early in 2009. But still, I congratulate her on her accomplishment, and I am sure Janet is watching over us to this day.

  • Tim and Cathy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Janet, we are very proud of you. This is a great accomplishment. We both know you deserve this award. Well done, sis!!
    You are a true inspiration to us!!!

    Your Brother Tim and Sister In Law Cathy Maher

  • WILLIAM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    WE ARE PARENTS OF A SPECIAL CHILD AND HIS SISTER IS VERY ACTIVE WITH THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN NAPLES, FLORIDA. SHE PREPARES A GROUP TO PLAY TENNIS

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Well done Janet. Your hard work and dedication has got you this award. Keep up the good work. Everyone who knows you is very proud today.

  • Sharon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Way to go Janet! What an accomplishment. It's been a long time but I still remember how proud you were to be involved in Special Olympics. You deserve it!
    Sharon (Ward)

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    We are so proud of you Janet. You are an amazing person and a great athlete. I am proud to have you in my family. We love you very much....

    Heather, Nick & Rebekah xoxoox

  • Karen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I am very happy for janet and encourage employers and the provincial government to see the value, dedication and ability special needs individuals can bring to the workplace. There are many success stories and janet is the beacon to show the rest of society.

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Congratulations Janet, I am so proud of you!
    As one of Janets co-workers I can attest to her wonderful abilities and dedication to her sports and her work. It is an honor to be your co-worker and friend. We all love you Janet and so very happy for all you have done. Way to go!!

  • Doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Well done Janet!Your efforts are being rewarded. Keep up the excellent work.

    Doug,.Daphne & Mark Percy

  • Tim and Cathy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Janet, we are very proud of you. This is a great accomplishment. We both know you deserve this award. Well done, sis!!
    You are a true inspiration to us!!!

    Your Brother Tim and Sister In Law Cathy Maher

  • WILLIAM
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    WE ARE PARENTS OF A SPECIAL CHILD AND HIS SISTER IS VERY ACTIVE WITH THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN NAPLES, FLORIDA. SHE PREPARES A GROUP TO PLAY TENNIS

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Well done Janet. Your hard work and dedication has got you this award. Keep up the good work. Everyone who knows you is very proud today.

  • Sharon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Way to go Janet! What an accomplishment. It's been a long time but I still remember how proud you were to be involved in Special Olympics. You deserve it!
    Sharon (Ward)

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    We are so proud of you Janet. You are an amazing person and a great athlete. I am proud to have you in my family. We love you very much....

    Heather, Nick & Rebekah xoxoox

  • Karen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I am very happy for janet and encourage employers and the provincial government to see the value, dedication and ability special needs individuals can bring to the workplace. There are many success stories and janet is the beacon to show the rest of society.

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Congratulations Janet, I am so proud of you!
    As one of Janets co-workers I can attest to her wonderful abilities and dedication to her sports and her work. It is an honor to be your co-worker and friend. We all love you Janet and so very happy for all you have done. Way to go!!

  • Doug
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Well done Janet!Your efforts are being rewarded. Keep up the excellent work.

    Doug,.Daphne & Mark Percy