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Canadian Olympian Enjoys Pen Pal Friendship with St. Anne Students

Canadian Speed Skater Katrina Groves will compete in the 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and the Team Pursuit events in Torino, Italy this month.

February 7, 2006 - Olympic athlete Kristina Groves has given the Grade One and Two class at St. Anne School a reason to cheer a little louder for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Kristina Groves is a Speed Skater with whom the children have been Pen Pals since the fall.

"Along with speed skating, she has been teaching us about the importance of always trying your best, eating properly and taking care of your body. It is so nice of her to take time away from such a busy schedule and make them feel a bit more special".

To make sure that Kristina was not lonely on Valentine's Day, the children made her cards and pictures. They also sent her a good luck bracelet and a banner that they made to cheer her on. The students were thrilled to hear that she had qualified for the 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and the Team Pursuit.

They created posters to be posted around the school and flags to cheer with while watching her at school. During the Olympics the students will be giving a morning news report to update everyone on Canada's medal standings.



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