Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games
LONDON, Sept. 9, 2012 /CNW/ – As the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games
officially come to a close, I would like to offer my most heartfelt
congratulations to our entire Canadian Paralympic Team for their
successes at these Games.
Our athletes embodied the Paralympic values of courage, determination,
inspiration, and equality, and many of their outstanding performances
resulted in spectacular podium finishes. Canada won 31 medals in total.
I was honoured to attend the Games and cheer on our athletes. I would
like to thank Team Canada’s biggest fans–their families and friends–for
making such a vital contribution to these athletes’ achievements.
Tonight, our Canadian Paralympic Team will join with athletes
representing 164 countries at the closing ceremony, where all nations
will come together in a celebration of their spectacular achievements.
Congratulations to BenoÃ®t Huot, who will carry the Canadian flag at the
Closing Ceremony. He won three medals in swimming and is a talented
athlete, fierce competitor, and a wonderful ambassador for sport in
Our Government is proud to support the Canadian Paralympic Team. Along
with all Canadians across the country, we congratulate them on their
remarkable achievements and celebrate their contributions to the world
SOURCE Canadian Heritage