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CLARK PAYS TRIBUTE TO SPECIAL OLYMPIANS IN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

posted 28 Oct 2012, 13:44 by Brockville Ontario

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark has paid tribute to the never-say-die spirit of the Brockville Islanders Special Olympics softball team in the Ontario Legislative Assembly.

Clark delivered a Member’s Statement at Queen’s Park on Monday, September 24 to tell the entire province about the team’s gutsy performance at the recent Special Olympics regional softball qualifier held in Brockville.

The team clinched a second-place finish in the tournament with a heart-stopping 19-17 win over a team from Ottawa in which they scored nine runs in their final time at the plate.

“I’m so proud of these players for what they accomplished on the field during the tournament,” said Clark. “But I also wanted to highlight them because the spirit and determination they show on and off the field set a great example we should all strive to emulate.”

Clark also expressed his thanks to the many dedicated volunteers and coaches who make it possible for Brockville and Area Special Olympics to offer so many sports and other programs.

Following the tournament, the team presented Clark with a ball signed by each of the players.

The MPP was touched by the gesture and, as he stated in the House, he’ll give it a place of honour in his office at Queen’s Park.

 

Clark said in his statement, “Speaker, I was honoured to receive this ball, signed by the team, and I want them to know how much it means to me. I’m going to keep it here at Queen’s Park, and whenever I feel the odds are against me, I’m going to look at it and think of that great comeback. It reminds me that anything is possible when you keep fighting.”

A video of the Member’s Statement can be found on MPP Clark’s YouTube site here

The following is the Hansard transcript of MPP Clark’s Member’s Statement:

BROCKVILLE AND AREA
SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Mr. Steve Clark: Leeds–Grenville has a proud tradition of sports excellence, and the remarkable athletes, coaches and volunteers with the Brockville and area Special Olympics continue to add new chapters to that rich history. More than three dozen athletes compete year-round in 10 sports, pushing each other to achieve goals and dreams that go far beyond what can be measured by wins and losses.

Recently, the great athletes took to the field for the Special Olympics regional softball qualifier in Brockville. It’s the fifth year the city has played host to the tournament, which featured 11 teams and 160 athletes from across Ontario. I’m proud to say our hometown Brockville Islanders stormed to a strong second-place finish and now wait to see if they’re invited to next year’s provincial championships.

The Islanders clinched second place with a thrilling 19-17 win over Ottawa in the final game. Showing the spirit that’s indicative of the team’s never-say-die attitude, coach Stu Reid’s players rallied to score nine runs in their final at bat to seal the victory.

Speaker, I was honoured to receive this ball, signed by the team, and I want them to know how much it means to me. I’m going to keep it here at Queen’s Park, and whenever I feel the odds are against me, I’m going to look at it and think of that great comeback. It reminds me that anything is possible when you keep fighting.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the team and Brockville and area Special Olympics on reminding us what good sportsmanship means.

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