Special Olympic medallist Stacey Kohler (third from left) is joined by Fred

Special Olympic medallist Stacey Kohler (third from left) is joined by Fred

Medallists congratulated

MP visits Semiahmoo House Society to honour Olympic victors

MP Russ Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale) visited Semiahmoo House Society last month to deliver congratulatory certificates to Special Olympic World Summer Games athletes Stacey Kohler and Derek Tomm.

Kohler and Tomm both won bronze medals with Team Canada – in the 3,000-metre race and soccer, respectively – in Athens, Greece in July.

“The achievements of both these athletes on the world stage brings great pride to our community and we are happy to honour them today,” Hiebert said July 27. “Of course, behind every great athlete are great parents, family members and friends, and I want to recognize the contributions and sacrifices that each of you have made in supporting and encouraging Stacey and Derek towards achieving their dreams.”

Hiebert further acknowledged Semiahmoo House Society, which supports individuals and families challenged with a developmental disability.

“I want to thank Semiahmoo House Society staff and volunteers for your dedication and support for our two Olympic medallists and for many others in our community that you graciously serve.”

Kohler and Tomm also spoke to the crowd, explaining what they did in Athens, their favourite things in Greece and how they trained for the Olympics.

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