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Statement by Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the Announcement of the Members Nominated to the 2014 Canadian Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team

OTTAWA, Jan. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - I am pleased to congratulate the athletes who were nominated to represent Canada in sledge hockey at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Canada's Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team will include Derek Whitson (Chatham, Ont.), Kevin Rempel (Vineland, Ont.), Marc Dorion (Bourget, Ont.), Tyler McGregor (Forest, Ont.), Anthony Gale (Brampton, Ont.), Ben Delaney (Ottawa, Ont.), Adam Dixon (Midland, Ont.), Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.), Steve Arsenault (Spruce Grove, Alta.), Billy Bridges (Summerside, P.E.I.), Karl Ludwig (Brampton, Ont.), Benoit St-Amand (St-Hubert, Que.), James Gemmell (Quesnel, B.C.), Dominic Larocque (Québec City, Que.), Brad Bowden (Orton, Ont.), Graeme Murray (Gravenhurst, Ont.), and Corbin Watson (Kingsville, Ont.). The team is coached by Mike Mondin and assistant coach Curtis Hunt.

As the largest single contributor to sport in this country, our Government is proud to support sport participation and excellence from playground to podium.

Canada is a leading sport nation, and I, along with all Canadians, recognize the hard work and dedication of our athletes as they train toward this prestigious milestone in their sport careers.

As Minister of State (Sport), I wish all the best to our Canadian Paralympic Team athletes as they prepare for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. I would also like to thank the coaches, family, and officials who support and encourage these athletes who will proudly represent our country.

Visit hockeycanada.ca for information on all members of our Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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