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Honourable Senators, I rise today to invite all senators to the upcoming 2010 World Junior Championship Games of the International Association of Athletics Federation, which will be held from July 19 to 25 at the new, world-class Stade Moncton on the Université de Moncton campus.

Our government is a proud supporter of this largest sporting event ever held in Atlantic Canada, one of the largest international events the region has ever hosted. Athletes, officials and coaches from over 170 member organizations will come to Moncton to compete, and 44 medal events will be hosted in the six days of games. The championships will be watched by millions worldwide. Canada, the province of New Brunswick and the city of Moncton will be on display for the world.

These championships are held every two years, and previous cities to have hosted the event include Athens, Seoul, Sydney and Beijing. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend, and over 2,500 volunteers have given of their time to help with this event. These games will touch thousands provincially, nationally and internationally, fostering the future careers of world-class Canadian athletes and bringing significant economic and social benefits to Moncton and New Brunswick.

Honourable senators, New Brunswick will be well represented in this event. Of the seven athletes competing for the Canadian team, four of them are New Brunswickers: Ryan Cassidy of Grande-Digue, Adam Gaudes from Fredericton, Caleb Jones of Saint John and Geneviève Lalonde from Moncton. I know you will join me in wishing the team every success.

Honourable Senators, this event not only brings together athletes from around the world, from Canada and from New Brunswick, it also unites our communities. Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, Shediac and Sackville have been involved in this event from the beginning.

Honourable Senators, I will be attending the event, along with several of my colleagues, and I hope you will all join me, if not in person, from your home following the events and cheering for our young athletes on the world stage.

We will be watching them —

One race, one jump, one throw at a time.