Honouring Shana

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The new memorial in honour of Special Olympian Shana Rea, located at the E.J. Broomfield Memorial Arena.

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay town council has erected a memorial in hounour of a late Special Olympian.

Feb. 4 marked the fourth anniversary of a tragic fire that claimed the life of one of Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s Olympians, Shana Rea, at the age of 21.

Shana was always a happy girl. She faced challenges in her short life but always seemed to eventually rise above them, she loved school and Special Olympics which she became very involved in as an athlete. She competed in long jump, shot put and running.

She racked up some medals at the three provincial summer games that she attended with her teammates.

Anyone that knew her will remember her fondly as a loving person that loved to torment her friends and family, and her love of music, dancing and wrestling, and of course her hero "The Undertaker.” 

She never disliked anybody in her short life, with the exception of "Stone Cold Steve Austin," who always managed to make her express her displeasure of seeing him on TV come out very vocally.

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Organizations: Special Olympics

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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