The provincial government is acting to honour two of Newfoundland and Labrador’s finest athletes by renaming major roadways after them.
Olympic gold and bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond, a native of Marystown, and Paralympic silver medalist Liam Hickey of St. John’s, were honoured for their accomplishments at the highest levels of international athletic competition.
In recognition of those accomplishments, the province will rename the Burin Peninsula Highway from Red Harbour to Marystown “Osmond Way.” The Holyrood Access Road will become “Liam Hickey Drive.”
Osmond along with teammates Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Patrick Chan and Gabrielle Daleman won Canada’s first gold of the 2018 Olympic Games in the team event on Feb. 12. She followed up with a bronze medal in women’s singles marking the first time a Canadian has won an Olympic medal in the event since 2010.
Since the Olympics, Osmond competed at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships in Milan, Italy, finishing at the top of the podium. Her gold-winning performance was the first time a Canadian woman has won the championship in 45 years.
Liam Hickey won a silver medal in para ice hockey as a member of Team Canada, which reached the gold medal game for the first time since 2006.
Hickey and Team Canada finished the tournament with four wins and a silver medal in the thrilling final game against Team USA, which went into overtime. Hickey had six goals and five assists over the course of the tournament, including an assist on Canada’s only goal in the final game.
Hickey was also one of three athletes on the 2018 Canadian Paralympic Team to compete at both a summer and winter Paralympic Games. He represented Canada in wheelchair basketball at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
The Town of Marystown will be host a number of events Saturday to recognize Osmond during a return visit to her hometown. Last month, a motorcade and meet-and-greet at Liam Hickey’s home rink, Paradise Double Ice Complex, were held to celebrate his return.
Holyrood Mayor Gary Goobie says his town is thrilled with the announcement of renaming the Holyrood Access Road to Liam Hickey Drive. Goobie says Hickey is an inspiration and role model for all young athletes, who look to him with tremendous respect — not only as an Olympian, but as a true gentleman and friend.