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World Figure Skating Championships 2017

 

Honourable senators, Newfoundland and Labrador's success in the world of sports continues.

I rise today to congratulate an exceptional Canadian and Newfoundland figure skater, Katelyn Osmond, who won the silver medal in the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships held earlier this month in Helsinki, Finland.

Kaetlyn, originally from Marystown in Newfoundland and Labrador, and an extraordinary Canadian figure skater and proud Newfoundlander, had a remarkable comeback after she suffered an injury that would not allow her to skate much less compete in figure skating championships.

Kaetlyn had a horrific accident in 2014, when she turned sharply to avoid someone in practice. She required two surgeries and faced both physical and mental obstacles in returning to the ice rink to fulfill what she loves to do, skating. Kaetlyn had to relearn how to skate again, including all her techniques. She had to learn to compete again. Most importantly, she had to learn to trust in herself again.

Honourable senators, although it was hard for Kaetlyn to believe that she would ever be able to compete at her best again, she never gave up.

After her off-season and recovery, she was able to train through the help of her coach Ravi Walia. Her entire coaching staff and her friends and family played an essential role in her motivation and confidence.

This month, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and all Canadians celebrated two astounding triumphs that two young Canadian women accomplished in Helsinki. Kaetlyn Osmond gave Canada an historic silver medal and set a new record; Gabrielle Daleman from Newmarket, Ontario, won the bronze medal.

This is the first time two Canadian women won the silver and bronze medals. Indeed, it was the first time the Canadian flag has been doubled up on the podium for women at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Honourable senators, I invite you to join me and Canadians from coast to coast as we celebrate Gabrielle's bronze medal and Kaetlyn's astounding comeback and silver medal in the world of figure skating.

Gabrielle and Kaetlyn, we wish you all the best in the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Japan.