Special Olympics athletes to compete in Gander Saturday

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador 2009 Winter Championships will take place Saturday in Gander.
The event will host more than 140 athletes, coaches and mission staff from five different Special Olympics community-based clubs across the province. Athletes will compete in the sports of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
"The town of Gander stepped up and made these championships a reality. Their support and leadership continues to drive our organization forward by continually providing quality programs and competitive opportunities for our athletes," says Johnny Byrne, executive director of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Special Olympics provide individuals with an intellectual disability an opportunity to take the spotlight and achieve through sport. Provincial championships are the pinnacle for the majority of our athletes on many levels so we are thrilled to be able to provide them with that opportunity."
Opening ceremonies will take place at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Intermediate School in Gander.
The championships will be officially opened when Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) members escort the Flame of Hope into the opening ceremonies. The Torch Run will be represented by members of the RCMP, Military Police and Sheriffs Office.
This is a landmark year for the LETR in Newfoundland and Labrador as 2009 marks its 20th anniversary of raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since its inception the LETR has raised in excess of one million dollars for Special Olympics.

Organizations: Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, Intermediate School, RCMP

Geographic location: Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Paul

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