Paralympic & Special Olympics Catchup

March 15, 2010

Today’s an exciting day, as Canada wins their first Winter Paralympic gold in 2010. Congratulations to Brian Mckeever who crossed the finish line to win the gold medal in today’s visually impaired 20km cross-country ski race at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games! Congratulations also go out to Viviane Forest, Colette Bourgonje, and Josh Dueck who won silver in their respective events as well. It’s both amazing and inspiring what these motivated athletes are able to accomplish. “I first thought after my accident that my disability wasn’t cool,” Dueck said in a release, “this silver medal proves that anything is possible if you work hard at it. I once heard someone say, ‘You never know what will happen in life, so just get on with it.'” I agree with Josh Dueck, congratulations! A full real-time medal count for the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games can be seen here.

In celebration for the Paralympics going on out there, we’ve got our own recognition event at the Developmental Disabilities Association. Today, we recognized our own Special Olympian medalists for a lunch celebration.

We’d like to congratulate Hugh, Mark, and Rosemary for each of their successes at the Special Olympics. Mark and Rosemary are both known in the Special Olympics as two outstanding swimmers, and Hugh has a whole assortment of Special Olympic medals in a variety of activities. Josh Dueck really hits the nail on the head when he says that “anything is possible if you work hard for it.”

Finally, this day is a special day for another reason. It’s also the birthday of our Executive Director, Alanna Hendren (shown above with our Special Olympians). Happy Birthday, Alanna!