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STATEMENT: 11th Annual Rolling Rampage on the Hill

Rolling Rampage on Parliament Hill

Honourable senators, it is with pleasure that I rise today to acknowledge an event that was recently hosted on Parliament Hill, and that is the eleventh annual Rolling Rampage. I had the honour of co-chairing the event this year alongside my colleagues Senators Martin, Munson and Petitclerc.

The Rolling Rampage has become a signature event on Parliament Hill, bringing together parliamentarians, staff, international athletes and stakeholder groups to raise awareness of the remarkable abilities and achievements of those living with physical disabilities.

The morning consisted of a wheelchair relay race between parliamentarians, staff and sponsors, including many in this chamber who I think would all agree that it is a lot harder than it looks. This was followed by a 10-kilometre race of 20 world-renowned athletes fighting for victory at an average speed of over 30 kilometres an hour.

I would like to recognize and congratulate all the athletes who travelled to Ottawa to participate this year. The two who placed first were Ms. Amanda McGrory from the United States and Mr. Marcel Hug from Switzerland.

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After the event, all athletes and participants were invited to a reception given by the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, which Prime Minister Trudeau attended. I would also note that the Prime Minister participated in the race in 2011.

To our sponsors, thank you for your support.

Finally, a very special thank you to a former colleague and friend, the Honourable Vim Kochhar, who is Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled People. He is the driving force behind the Rolling Rampage, and we couldn’t have done this event without him.

Thank you again to all who participated this year.

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