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NEWS RELEASE · 15th March 2010
Office of the Premier
Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today to celebrate Canada's first gold medal win in the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games after Brian McKeever of Canmore, Alberta won the visually impaired cross-country men's 20 km free event:

"I'd like to congratulate Brian on becoming the first Canadian in history to win a Winter Paralympic gold medal on Canadian soil. Every time a Canadian athlete wins a gold medal on home soil it is a truly historic moment, and I know all Canadians are very proud of Brian for what he has accomplished today.

"I would also like to congratulate Brian's brother Robin who worked with him as his sighted guide during his gold medal race. Robin previously represented Canada at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games and is an important part of the McKeever team.

"This gold medal is the fifth of Brian's illustrious career and his eighth Paralympic medal overall. With more events to come for Brian in these Games, I know Canadians will continue to support him and the rest of our Canadian athletes.

"Brian's victory today builds on the momentum that began yesterday when three Canadian athletes won silver medals, including British Columbian skier Josh Dueck."

Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today to commemorate the first gold medal won by a B.C. athlete in the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games after North Vancouver's Lauren Woolstencroft won the Women's Slalom (standing) event:

"On behalf of all British Columbians I congratulate Lauren. She ran a tremendous race in becoming the first British Columbian athlete to bring home gold in these Games.

"I would also like to congratulate Vancouver's Karolina Wisniewska, who took bronze in the same event, marking a double podium appearance by British Columbians.

"This is a proud day for Team Canada, as these wins, together with Brian McKeever's earlier gold-medal performance in the visually- impaired Men's Cross Country 20-km ski event, give Canada its second consecutive three-medal day."