(June 24, 2008)

Figure skating fans will be in for a treat this season as they can add one more event to their viewing list in 2009. Special Olympics Canada has announced the roster they will be sending to the 2009 Special Olympic World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, USA. The Games will run from February 6-13, 2009 and will showcase 15 Canadian figure skaters and four coaches.

This is the largest figure skating team that has ever been sent. The team works with 12 trainers who will continue to work with and train the athletes right up until February 2009. All skaters and coaches will participate in a camp that will be held in July at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.

A total of 81 athletes from seven winter sports, 21 coaches and 13 mission staff will represent Canada at the 2009 Games. The eight-day sporting event will bring together an estimated 3,000 athletes from as many as 85 countries.

Figure skaters
Thomas Babcock, Ont.
James Blood, NS
Coralee Cooke, Sask.
Simon Dionne, Que.
Shyanne Dolliver, NS
Vicky Dupont, Que.
Tim Goodacre, Ont.
Darlene Jakubowski, BC
Kyle Mayhew, Ont.
Stephanie Rowe, Ont.
Zane Salera-Nasra, Que.
Marc Theriault, BC
Vicky Vale, Ont.
Angela Van Casteren, Ont.
Jessica Young, Ont.

Coaches
Janet Collins, Ont. (Head Coach)
Holly Baril, Coach, Ont.
Julie Dunlop, Coach, Ont.
Lisa Janssen, Coach, Ont.

For more information about the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games please visit www.specialolympics.ca

Good luck to everyone participating!

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