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February 25, 2016
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Special Olympians preparing for Winter Games

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Islanders will be cheering on Team PEI athletes competing in the Special Olympics National Winter Games in Newfoundland next month, says Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson.

Minister Henderson wished Team PEI athletes well at their send off celebration on February 24 at UPEI.

“Our athletes are wonderful ambassadors of our province and they will represent Prince Edward Island proudly on the national stage,” said the minister. “Their hard work, dedication and passion for sport led them to this experience of a lifetime.”

Prince Edward Island will be represented by 28 athletes and 14 coaches and mission staff at the games being held March 1 - 5. Island athletes will be competing in Nordic ski, snowshoe, floor hockey, curling and figure skating.

The winter games will host over 650 athletes, 250 coaches, officials and mission staff and 500 volunteers from across Canada. The games are the qualifying event for Team Canada selection for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Follow Team PEI on Twitter at @SpecialOPEI and visit their Facebook page at

Team PEI Backgrounder

Chef de Mission: Matthew McNally

Team Manager: Genna Phelan

Mission Staff: Judy Gallant, Jodie Harper, Jamie Matheson

Cross Country Skiing

Head Coach: Kathleen MacNearney Assistant Coach: David MacNearney Athletes: Amie Sullivan, Ellen MacNearney, Michael Morris, Tommy Ling


Head Coach: Dick St. John Assistant Coach: Brad Chugg Athletes: Phillip Chugg, Monique Gauthier, Chris MacPherson, John Anthony Laybolt, Shane MacPhee

Figure Skating

Head Coach: Sarah Profitt Athlete: Alyssa Chapman

Floor Hockey

Head Coach: CY Holland Assistant Coach: Peter Howatt Assistant Coach: Chris Costain Athletes: Art Smith, Bradley Ramsay, Cedric Gallant, Charles Beaulieu, Derek McDonald, Eric Coughlin, Evan Costain, Geoffrey Bridges, Jeremy Wall, Jerred Affleck, John Morton, Keegan Waite, Michael MacIsaac, Nathan Irwin, Shawn Mitchell, Tommy MacGuigan


Head coach: Emily Chapman Athletes: Janet Charchuk, John Rafuse

Media Contact: Samantha Hughes
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