The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Granite Curling Club
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 8:30 p.m.
Friends, athletes, fans of a great Canadian sport, it’s a pleasure to join you in opening the Western Canadian Blind Curling Championships.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
You have gathered here out of a love of competition and camaraderie, seeking the fun and fitness benefit of a sport that’s close to a lot of hearts here in Manitoba and across Canada.
The benefits of curling are well known across Canada. Curling clubs dot this city – and many others from St. John’s to Victoria – and are winter time hubs of activity in communities large and small.
Curling is the most sociable of all sports, but it’s also one that can be played with a high level of passion and intensity. It’s open to players of all ages and sizes. And as these championships demonstrate, curling is truly an accessible sport.
I understand that competitors in this weekend’s bonspiel have helped their fellow curlers learn a lesson about accessibility by playing in leagues alongside sighted curlers. With every rock you throw, you’ve been reminding your fellow curlers to see abilities.
Making sure that the advantages of life in our country are accessible is one of the things we can do in Canada to ensure that our country lives up to its potential.
Canadians are proud of the freedom and opportunity and quality of life enjoyed here.
So organizations like the Manitoba Blind Sports Association – by working to ensure that people with visual impairments enjoy the thrills and benefits of sport – play an important role in making Canada a better place.
To all of those who have made this event possible, or who support the Blind Sports Association in other ways, I offer thanks for your commitment to your community and country.
And to all of this weekend’s competitors, may you hurry hard to a fun and fulfilling bonspiel.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.