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Taxpayers footing some of the bill for skater’s visit to Marystown

A number of events have been planned for Kaetlyn Osmond’s return to Marystown this month including a parade, two ‘meet and greet’ events and several guest appearances by the World Figure Skating champion.-Photo courtesy of Skate Canada/Danielle Earl
A number of events have been planned for Kaetlyn Osmond’s return to Marystown this month including a parade, two ‘meet and greet’ events and several guest appearances by the World Figure Skating champion.-Photo courtesy of Skate Canada/Danielle Earl - Submitted

MHA Browne says province providing $6,500 to cover cost of Katelyn Osmond's homecoming

MARYSTOWN, NL — Provincial taxpayers will foot some of the costs of Kaetlyn Osmond’s visit to Marystown later this month.

The provincial government will provide $6,500 to cover some of the costs associated with the figure skating champion’s visit to her hometown.

Osmond, who won bronze at the Olympics in South Korea in February, and gold at the World Championships in Italy last week, will be in Marystown on the April 14 weekend, appearing as guest skater at the local figure skating club’s annual gala.

Mark Browne, Liberal MHA for Placentia West-Bellevue, confirmed for the Southern Gazette on Wednesday that his office was involved in organizing the visit.

“I have taken the lead on coordination from the province's perspective and my office has been integral to organizing the details in conjunction with Rob Warr [the town’s recreation director], Marystown Town Council and the Ice Crystals Figure Skating Club,” Browne said in an email to The Southern Gazette.

Browne told The Gazette he was approached in late December, or early January by Osmond’s father, Jeff.

“[He] wanted to get some planning started and, of course, that has been taking place.”

Browne added that with each figure skating accomplishment the 22-year-old added to her resume.

"It’s just gotten more exciting.”

The MHA said his office worked with the Town of Marystown on a proposed budget for the event.

Browne said there is a performance fee associated with Osmond’s visit, as well as her travel costs.

“All told the province is providing $6,500 to help support the cost of bringing home our world champion and world champion athlete.”

The funds will come from the Department of Children, Seniors, and Social Development, Browne added.

Browne also confirmed a number of government officials will be in Marystown to watch Osmond's performance.

"The Premier, a number of cabinet ministers and MHAs will be in the area attending those functions to just really celebrate this remarkable achievement [by] a young girl from Marystown who started out [there] and ended up as a world champion."

Browne added the province would not be covering the cost of travel for government officials to come to Marystown.

"A lot of them will be travelling on personal travel," he said. "Unless they have official business while they're in the area they will be travelling on personal cost, just as I always travel through the province on personal travel."

Brown also confirmed a number of events will be held for the skater when she arrives in the province.

“We’re going to have an airport arrival ceremony in St. John’s, we’re going to have an event at Confederation Building the following morning, and then, of course, she is going right back to her hometown. It’s a very exciting time.

“It’s going to be a great weekend.”

Colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

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