‘Very proud’: Multi-medal winning Brockville Special Olympian honoured by council

Photo via Mayor Matt Wren’s Facebook page

Brockville City Council hosted a very special visitor in their chambers at their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 26.

Local athlete Neal Condron, who represented Eastern Ontario in Nordic Skiing for Team Ontario at the 2024 Calgary Special Olympics Canada Winter Games earlier this month, was warmly welcomed by all the members of council. 

Condron attended the meeting with his parents and several other members of the Special Olympics community.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to invite Neal to be with us tonight to show off his hardware and accept a special message of congratulations on behalf of the City of Brockville,” said Mayor Matt Wren. 

Wren began the presentation by noting that “it’s certainly been a pleasure to follow along with Neal’s progress in the last couple of weeks when he represented Eastern Ontario in Nordic Skiing… As I told you, he’s a better skier than me because Neal achieved the gold medal in the 2.5 km race, bronze in the 1 km race, and he finished 4th in the 5 km race.”

“I remember when I first moved to Brockville I would watch Neal chasing his Dad around the pitch and then eventually carrying his dad around the soccer pitch,” Councillor Deery remarked. 

Deery then turned directly to the Olympian, saying “I don’t think people can appreciate the type of dedication it takes to get to the level you have and I think you’ve brought a lot of attention to Brockville and the community is very proud of what you’ve done…I’m sure I can speak for my peers and people in the community in saying just how proud we are to share this day with you.” 

Councillor Hobbs also congratulated Condron, saying “So pleased that you’re here tonight and we’re all so proud of you. Thank you so much for… well, winning!” 

“The truth is, if Neal brought all the hardware that he brought home from Ontario and Canadian championships, he’d need a wheelbarrow! Neal has represented Brockville on many occasions and many events,” commented Councillor Earle. “I can’t tell you how proud I am and the rest of the community is for you and of the things you’ve done.”

Condron was then brought to the front of the chambers amongst a chorus of applause to shake hands with Mayor Wren and councillors while posing for photos and receiving his certificate from the city.

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