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NEWS RELEASE · 12th March 2010
Office of the Premier
Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today to mark the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games:

"As the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games officially begin with the Opening Ceremony tonight, British Columbians have an incredible opportunity to build upon the excitement and momentum created by the Olympic Winter Games last month.

"We saw the city of Vancouver come alive like never before during the 17 historic days of the Games in February. I know British Columbians will embrace the Paralympic Winter Games and continue to make our Olympic experience one the entire world will always remember.

"The Olympic and Paralympic movement is about showcasing the human spirit and nothing embodies that more than the Paralympic Games and the incredible athletes who compete in them. We have a rare opportunity to see some truly remarkable athletic accomplishments from people who have overcome significant adversity to become world- class athletes.

"Paralympians inspire us not only with their competitive achievements, but also with their personal stories and successes. I encourage all British Columbians to attend or watch an event on television as we all cheer on Canada's Paralympians.

"Once again, I'd like to thank everyone who has committed their time to making this event possible. From the organizers like Jack Poole and John Furlong to all the helpful and cheerful blue-clad volunteers to the athletes themselves, it's important to remember that none of it would be happening if not for your dedication."