Winter Games heat national pride
Kulwinder Herar, The TimesPublished: Friday, February 26, 2010
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be wrapping up this weekend. What an amazing sporting competition it has been for Canadians. The patriotic climate has never been hotter in the mighty north. As athletes and fans get ready to head back to their respective countries and communities, the lasting legacy that has been seeded for Canadians is our unconditional love for Canada. Over the past two weeks, Canadians have stopped being humble for a moment and demonstrated just how proud we are of our nation and flag, while being exceptional hosts.
We might not flash the Maple Leaf in your face often, but never underestimate our gritty determination and passion when put to the ultimate test.
When Canadians get together they are a force to be reckoned with. Canadian athletes have truly made us proud whether they made the podium or not. Let's not forget to continuing cheering "Go Canada Go" over the next few days until the final whistle blows.
We have been extremely fortunate to have hosted this diverse sporting event exposing our beautiful region to our wonderful guests. Many are already commenting that these could be the best Games ever. I believe it.
Despite the long line-ups at venues, many shared positive experiences. We don't have to remind ourselves that we live in the best place on the planet. Canada is a vast country of small communities consisting of a diverse, vibrant population. You can go almost anywhere and get involved in almost anything at anytime.
This is the beauty of our nation. It's our small towns that makes Canada thrive as a nation with glowing hearts. Here are just a few quick examples from my hometown.
After almost a year of planning, the Mission Community Archives' newest exhibit, Dreams of Glory: Mission's Sports History, opened Feb. 14 as part of local celebrations to mark Heritage Week in B.C. With more than 100 people attending, the event was a great success. Officiated by Steve Sharpe, 2000 Sports Volunteer of the Year, the opening ceremony featured Eden Donatelli, an Olympic and world champion speed skater, as the keynote speaker and demonstrations by members of the Mission Karate Club led by Peter and Tracy Motut and the Mission Boxing Club featuring Cody and Jessy Brown. The exhibit is on display in the community archives until the end of April during its regular hours on Thursdays (9 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Fridays (9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). For more, contact the archives at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-820-2621.
- Kulwinder Herar is a columnist for the Abbotsford & Mission TImes. Contact him at KenHerar@gmail.com