CAW Member Coaches Special Olympians To Gold Medal

October 12, 2007


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CAW Member Coaches Special Olympians To Gold Medal
CAW Member Coaches Special Olympians To Gold Medal
dated October 12, 2007


Toronto, Ontario
October 12, 2007

       Cheering fans and Canadian Flags were out to welcome home the Canadian Special Olympians as they arrived in Toronto from Shanghai, China October 12, 2007. Canada competed against 14,000 athletes from 164 countries. They won a total of 112 medals, many of them gold, including the gold medal for softball. Grant Martin of CAW Local 199 has coached the Canadian Softball team from St. Catharines, Ontario, for the past 14 years.

Coach Grant Martin
CAW Local 199

       "It's been a long haul. We've been to two provincial championships. Two national championships. Unfortunately when we won the national where we might have been able to go but Ireland didn't have baseball. So anyway we didn't get to go there. Then this time here was a culmination of a second run at it. And the guys did a great job. They have been an awesome team. They have come together very, very well."

       The team was made up of young men ranging in age from 20 to 44. The players were beaming as they arrived home including John Reynolds and Jason MacLean.

John Reynolds
Gold Medalist

       "To put on the Canadian jersey like this is an unbelievable feeling. And to win a gold medal is even better. I said to the guys, this is what we lived for 13 years. We've been trying to get to the worlds and finally we did and now to bring the gold medal home is even better now."

Jason MacLean
Gold Medalist

       "I feel great. It is the best feeling that you can have."

       Coach Martin, known by the players as "Buddha" said the competition was close.



Coach Grant Martin
CAW Local 199

       "It was the best three out of five was what it came down to. It was the championship against Puerto Rico and we did win all three games. It was good. I mean it was just a one inning type of thing where you get some runs and then it kind of levels out. Other than that is was a close game."

       Martin added that the support from the members of Local 199 helped the team when they were at the Special Olympics."

Coach Grant Martin
CAW Local 199

       "The brothers and sisters in the workplace have absolutely been behind us all the way. They have been supporting me in my endeavours and emailing me when we were gone. They wanted to know the results and the scores of everything that has been going on, so it has been a great support that way. It has been very, very good and it's good to know that everybody is behind you."

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