NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON TO SPECIAL OLYMPIANS ON PARLIAMENT HILL
Ladies and gentlemen, one thing I have learned in life is that nothing is more important than family and that is why it gives me such great pleasure to be once again amidst my Special Olympics family.
One of the most precious moments for me over the last year was when I had the privilege to be part of Canada’s Special Olympics Team in Nagano, Japan. Travel is a wonderful thing and I have been lucky in my career to have jobs that have taken me all over the world. It’s not often that you travel across the globe and feel at home. But ladies and gentlemen, I felt very much at home last March in Nagano.
The Special Olympics was founded on the knowledge that everyone benefits from physical activity and sports and that everyone deserves to feel the thrill of competition. At Nagano, Special Olympians from 70 different countries felt the excitement of pushing themselves to the limit and giving all they had to give.
And let me tell you. They gave a lot. Canada’s Special Olympians gave medal-winning performances and throughout the Games, they gave smiles and hugs that I will remember forever.
Some of you may know that I had a son long ago who had Down syndrome.
In the smiles of our athletes I saw his smile again. It is a smile that filled me with hope and pride. In Canada’s Special Olympians I feel the spirit of Timothy James Alexander Munson and I thank you all for that.