Harbour Grace to name road after Special Olympian Crystal Young

Published on September 11, 2017

Crystal Young of Harbour Grace received several medals during her three weeks spent at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria this year.

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HARBOUR GRACE, NL — Award-winning Special Olympian Crystal Young of Harbour Grace can look forward to seeing her name on a street sign in the near future.

During a Harbour Grace regular council meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, discussion was brought forth on Crystal’s Way – a new name for an old path in the community, named after Young following her success at the recent Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Austria.

The road, currently named Crosbie Road Extension, runs along the local softball field, and is one of Young’s more prominent routes during her runs through the community. In honour of her, and her dedication to athletics, the plan is to rename the road Crystal’s Way.

Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams, followed by overwhelming approval from fellow council members, brought the suggestion forth to council Wednesday night.

Williams made a motion for the naming of the road, as a proper motion had not been made during previous discussions on the topic at past council meetings. The motion was carried following unanimous approval.

Coun. Gordon Stone followed up with a suggestion that the town hold a formal event during the road’s renaming in order to make the dedication well known to residents.

In March of 2017, Young, alongside fellow Conception Bay North athlete Sandra Smith of Carbonear, participated in the Special Olympics World Winter Games, specifically involved in several snowshoeing events. Both Young and Smith came from their three-week stint in Austria with multiple medals, and a night full of cheers and celebrations following their success.


Young’s face can also be seen on a new sign erected just along the entrance to Harbour Grace, coming from the Veteran’s Memorial Highway.

As of Friday, no date has been set for the renaming of Crystal’s Way.