Celebrate woolstencroft and wisniewska day

VICTORIA – The provincial government has proclaimed March 15, 2011 as “Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska Day” as part of a program to recognize British Columbia’s medal-winning athletes from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, announced Deputy Premier Colin Hansen today.

“Lauren and Karolina helped Team Canada dominate the slopes in women’s para-alpine (standing) events by collectively winning seven medals for our country,” said Minister Hansen. “I encourage British Columbians to celebrate their remarkable achievements on this day of recognition.”

Woolstencroft won five Gold medals in para-alpine skiing, adding to the five medals she had won at previous Paralympic Games. Wisniewska won a pair of Bronze medals in Vancouver in para-alpine skiing events, bringing her career Paralympic medal total to eight.

“Both Karolina and Lauren have made significant long-term contributions to the Canadian sports world,” said the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant-Governor of B.C. “Lauren’s record-setting five Gold medals during the Vancouver Paralympic Games helped Canada win more Gold medals in a single competition than any previous Games.”

In total eight proclamations will be made by the Province recognizing 17 British Columbian athletes who won medals individually or as members of a team and those who served as volunteers during the Olympics or Paralympics. The full list of proclamations includes:

  • Maelle Ricker Day (Feb. 16, 2011)
  • Ashleigh McIvor Day (Feb. 23, 2011)
  • Chris Le Bihan and Denny Morrison Day (Feb. 27, 2011)
  • Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Brent Seabrook, Roberto Luongo and Shea Weber Day (Feb. 28, 2011)
  • Josh Dueck and Lindsay Debou Day (March 13, 2011)
  • Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska Day (March 15, 2011)
  • Ina Forrest, Jim Armstrong, Sonja Gaudet and Darryl Neighbour Day (March 20, 2011)
  • Olympic and Paralympic Blue Jacket Volunteers Day (March 21, 2011)

A backgrounder is attached.

BACKGROUNDER

The text of the “Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska Day” proclamation reads:

WHEREAS we recognize the significant achievements and contributions that British Columbia’s Olympic and Paralympic medalists have made to our society through their inspiring performances, leadership and in helping to build pride in our province and nation, and

WHEREAS Lauren Woolstencroft won the Gold Medal in Women’s Standing Slalom at the X Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2010, and

WHEREAS Lauren Woolstencroft also won the Gold Medal in Women’s Standing Downhill, Women’s Standing Giant Slalom, Women’s Standing Super G and Women’s Standing Super Combined at the X Paralympic Winter Games, and

WHEREAS Karolina Wisniewska won the Bronze Medal in Women’s Standing Slalom at the X Paralympic Winter Games on March 15, 2010, and

WHEREAS Karolina Wisniewska also won the Bronze Medal in Women’s Standing Super Combined at the X Paralympic Winter Games, and

WHEREAS Our Lieutenant Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, has been pleased to enact Order in Council 903 on October 11, 2002;

NOW KNOW YE THAT We do by these presents proclaim and declare that March 15, 2011, shall be known as

“Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska Day” in the Province of British Columbia.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Our Province to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS, The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of Our Province of British Columbia, in Our City of Victoria, in Our Province, this fourteenth day of February, two thousand eleven and in the sixtieth year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND.

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