News Release - September 30, 2000
SASKATCHEWAN PARALYMPIC ATHLETES DREAMING OF GOLD
The Saskatchewan athletes of the Canadian Paralympic Team to compete in Sydney,
Australia in October were introduced this afternoon by Federal Secretary of
State for amateur sport Denis Coderre and Saskatchewan Minister of Municipal
Affairs, Culture and Housing Jack Hillson.
Coderre took the opportunity to offer his best wishes to the Canadian
Paralympic Team for the upcoming Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. "The success of
Paralympic athletes is the result of constant efforts and outstanding force of
character. Athletes are vital models of inspiration for us all."
"We know these young Saskatchewan women and men will make the province and the
country proud with their skill, sportsmanship and competitive spirit," Hillson
The Saskatchewan athletes have distinguished themselves in past competition in
their respective sports.
Saskatonian Amy Alsop has been playing goalball for seven years, earning many
medals and honours as a member of Team Saskatchewan, including a first and
second-place showing at the nationals last year.
Mike Bacon of Saskatoon is a 10-year veteran of the National Wheelchair Rugby
Team and was named an all-star at the national championships in both 1999 and
2000. He brought home a silver medal from the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.
Saskatonian Colette Bourgonje has competed at three Winter Paralympics and two
Summer Paralympics, winning two silver medals at Nagano and two bronze medals
Lisa Franks hails from Moose Jaw and has been on the National Wheelchair
Athletics Team for one year, having also competed in two Jeux du Canada Games.
Lisa placed first in five events at the Australian Southern Cross Games in
1999, establishing a world record in the 5,000 metres.
Pilot Butte native Clayton Gerein is a world record-holder in the 1,500 and
5,000-metre events. He also won gold in the marathon at the 1992 Barcelona
Rick Reelie of Saskatoon has been a national team member since 1988, placing
first in both the 400- and 800-metre events and second in the 200- and 1,500-
metre events at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games.
Saskatonian Allan Semeniuk was named an all-star at both the 1999 and 2000
Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Championships. He has been on the National
Wheelchair Rugby Team since 1993, representing Canada at two world
championships and the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, where he earned a silver
Joey Stabner hails from Saskatoon and has been a member of the Canadian
National Disabled Volleyball Team since 1995. The team won a bronze medal at
the 1999 Pan Am Games, earning the right to compete at the 2000 Sydney
Daryl Stubel of Regina is co-captain of the National Wheelchair Rugby Team and
also competes in individual sports. He earned a silver medal in the 400 metres
at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul, Korea and won a silver medal in rugby at
the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.
In addition, Saskatchewan's Wayne Hellquist has been chosen as the Chef de
Mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team for the 2000 Games. Also going to
Sydney from Saskatchewan are wheelchair sports coach Judy Peddle of Saskatoon
and goalball coach Launel Scott of Saskatoon.
For more information, contact:
Maureen Boyle Patrick L. Doyon
Municipal Affairs, Culture & Housing Director of Communications
Regina Office of the Secretary of State
Phone: (306) 787-5959 (Amateur Sport)
Phone: (819) 994-9909