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Days devoted to local Paralympians

Vernon’s own Josh Dueck and Sonja Gaudet are being honoured with a full day dedicated in their medal-winning names.

The provincial government will recognize British Columbia’s medal-winning athletes from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

March 13, 2011 is proclaimed Josh Dueck Day (along with Lindsay Debou Day) for his gold-medal sit-skiing Paralympic performance.

Sonja Gaudet Day is March 20, 2011 (shared with Ina Forrest, Jim Armstrong, and Darryl Neighbour), recognizing her Paralympic gold curling win.

“Our Olympians and Paralympians have left us with lifelong memories and helped to inspire our youth to pursue their dreams,” said Colin Hansen, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance.

“Proclaiming days to recognize their achievements is just one way we can show our appreciation for the contributions they have made to British Columbia.”

“These Olympic and Paralympic athletes have made special contributions to our province and country by helping to bring us together as British Columbians and Canadians,” said the Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. “It is fitting that we recognize them on the one-year anniversary of their medal-winning performances.”

The province will proclaim recognition days for every British Columbia athlete who won a medal during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Athletes will be recognized on the one-year anniversary of their medal-winning performance. Athletes who won multiple medals will receive a day proclaimed in their honour on the one-year anniversary of their first medal victory and acknowledgement of their additional medal victories.

March 21 will be proclaimed Olympic and Paralympic Blue Jacket Volunteers Day to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by volunteers in making the Games the most successful Winter Olympics ever.

Eight proclamations will be made recognizing 17 British Columbian athletes who won medals individually or as members of a team and those who served as volunteers during the Olympics or Paralympics.

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