It is my pleasure today to welcome to the House of Commons the members of Team Canada who took part in the Special Olympic World Games in Nagano, Japan, from February 26 to march 5, 2005.
We are very proud of our athletes and their achievements, who have worked hard and represented Canada well.
The months of training, as well as your determination, brought you all to Nagano where you competed against other athletes. But above all, you competed against your own abilities and have pushed your limits to new levels.
Those close to you, your family, neighbours, and coaches, provided you with the constant support you needed to reach your top performance and you did not let them down.
I am sure you will always have great memories of this competition and the friendships you have begun with athletes from other countries.
You are an inspiration to all of us and we are honoured to have you with us today to celebrate your successes.