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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
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Feb. 26, 2011

Ministry of Finance
Government House

 

 

LE BIHAN AND MORRISON RECOGNIZED FOR OLYMPIC MEDALS

 

VICTORIA – The provincial government has proclaimed Feb. 27, 2011 as “Chris Le Bihan and Denny Morrison Day” as part of a program to recognize British Columbia’s medal-winning athletes from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, announced Deputy Premier Colin Hansen today.

 

“British Columbia’s Denny Morrison and Chris Le Bihan both added to Canada’s Olympic medal haul with a Gold and Bronze medal respectively on the second-to-last day of the Games,” said Hansen. “We have proclaimed Feb. 27, 2011 in their honour in recognition of their achievements and to thank them for helping to inspire a generation of our youth to believe in their dreams.

 

            Chris Le Bihan won a Bronze medal as a member of Canada’s four-man bobsleigh team alongside teammates Lyndon Rush, David Bissett and Lascelles Brown.

 

            Denny Morrison led Canada in the speed skating men’s team pursuit event to the Gold medal with Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky.

“One of the great aspects of the Olympic Games is it introduces us to sports and athletes with whom we may not be familiar,” said Lieutenant Governor Steven Point. “Because of their accomplishments in 2010 Chris and Denny will forever be part of our country’s sports history.”

            In total eight proclamations will be made by the Province 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. The full list of proclamations includes:

 

·         Maelle Ricker Day (Feb. 16, 2011)

·         Ashleigh McIvor Day (Feb. 23, 2011)

·         Chris Le Bihan and Denny Morrison Day (Feb. 27, 2011)

·         Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Brent Seabrook, Roberto Luongo and Shea Weber Day (Feb. 28, 2011)

·         Josh Dueck and Lindsay Debou Day (March 13, 2011)

·         Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska Day (March 15, 2011)

·         Ina Forrest, Jim Armstrong, Sonja Gaudet and Darryl Neighbour Day (March 20, 2011)

·         Olympic and Paralympic Blue Jacket Volunteers Day (March 21, 2011)

 

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BACKGROUNDER

 

The text of the “Chris Le Bihan and Denny Morrison Day” proclamation reads:

 

WHEREAS we recognize the significant achievements and contributions that British Columbia’s Olympic and Paralympic medalists have made to our society through their inspiring performances, leadership and in helping to build pride in our province and nation, and

 

WHEREAS Denny Morrison and his team won the Gold Medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit at the XXI Olympic Winter Games on February 27, 2010, and

 

WHEREAS Chris Le Bihan and his team won the Bronze Medal in the Four-man Bobsleigh at the XXI Olympic Winter Games on February 27, 2010, and

 

WHEREAS Our Lieutenant Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, has been pleased to enact Order in Council 903 on October 11, 2002;

 

NOW KNOW YE THAT We do by these presents proclaim and declare that February 27, 2011, shall be known as

 

“Chris Le Bihan and Denny Morrison Day”

 

in the Province of British Columbia.

 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Our Province to be hereunto affixed.

 

WITNESS, The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of Our Province of British Columbia, in Our City of Victoria, in Our Province, this fourteenth day of February, two thousand eleven and in the sixtieth year of Our Reign.

 

BY COMMAND

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Communications Director

Ministry of Finance

250 356-2821

 

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