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2018-11-26 14:05 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Athletes, Retirement from work, Skiing, Statements by Members,

Athlètes, Déclarations de députés, Départ à la retraite, Ski,

Mr. Speaker, world champion skier Erik Guay announced last week that he is retiring. A true class act, he made his farewell run yesterday at a World Cup downhill ski event in Lake Louise.

Throughout his two decades of dedication to the sport, he showed what it takes to become the most medalled skier in Canadian history while remaining a gentleman and inspiring an entire generation of young skiers.

Last year, at an event at Mont Tremblant to recognize his most recent world championship, he spent hours signing autographs and being photographed with fans without ever saying no, losing his smile, or doing anything but being there for everyone else. This is but one small example of who Erik is: accomplished yet humble, competitive but selfless.

Erik, on behalf of everyone in Laurentides—Labelle and across Canada, I want to congratulate you on your career. Thank you for being the athlete you are.

Safe travels home, my friend. Enjoy this time with your family. I have no doubt that we will be hearing about you again in the very near future.

Monsieur le Président, la semaine dernière, Erik Guay, un grand champion du monde, a annoncé sa retraite. Hier, il a effectué avec classe sa dernière descente sur le circuit de la Coupe du monde de ski alpin à Lake Louise.

Au terme de deux décennies de dévouement, il a démontré de quelle façon on peut devenir le skieur le plus titré de l'histoire canadienne, demeurer un gentleman et être une inspiration pour toute une génération de jeunes skieurs.

L'an dernier, lors d'une activité à Mont-Tremblant organisée en l'honneur de son plus récent championnat du monde, il a passé des heures à signer des autographes et à prendre des photos avec ses partisans. Il n'a refusé aucune demande, n'a jamais perdu son sourire et s'est contenté d'être là pour tout le monde. Ce n'est qu'un petit aperçu de qui Erik est: un athlète accompli mais humble, ainsi qu'une personne compétitive mais altruiste.

Erik, tous les citoyens de Laurentides—Labelle et tous les Canadiens se joignent à moi pour te féliciter pour ta carrière. Je te remercie d'être l'athlète que tu es.

Bon retour chez toi, mon ami. Profite bien de ce temps avec ta famille. Je suis certain qu'on entendra de nouveau parler de toi très bientôt.

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