Today was one of those days that I reflect on and marvel that this is my life. A luncheon, as the guest of Laureen Harper at the G20. The other guests -- none other than her Excellency, Mrs. Obama, other spouses of World Leaders and some pretty impressive Canadian women like Astronaut Julie Payette. Our common passion in physical activity and kids, had Mrs. Obama and I sitting at the same table, along with Fashion Television host Jeanne Beker and Olympic figure skater Joannie Rochette. To my left was Mr.
My twelve year old son William had his first shift of volunteering on Saturday at the Selkirk Waterfront Festival. He spent most of the day handing out waterbottles, putting ballots in ballot boxes and meeting people. Amazing in a boy who still has trouble looking people straight in the eye. He asked me today about volunteering at our local vet clinic, as animals are a deep and lasting passion to him.
Autograph signing - "A Day in the Life" at the Olympics for an Olympian!
So there I was at the Women's Gold Medal Hockey game as guest of Premier Gordon Campbell, when I decide to go get a bottle of water without disturbing any of my box mates. I climb over the seats and somehow one of my feet get stuck between the back of the chair and the floor, causing me to fall into the other seat and get my other foot stuck. So here I am, mid play, blood running down my chin, calling all the attention of disruption I have tried to avoid. Clara Hughes's husband Peter tells me whatever I do, not to panic, it just makes things worse. Wise words.
So my kids and I were at men's Snowboard Cross last week. This is the sport where snowboarders come down the course four by four, sometimes gently nudging one another, sometimes spectacularly wiping out across one another; one minute a boarder is leading, the next minute he's fallen into fourth place. I digress. My point is that we are on the bleachers and there are twenty American fans behind us.
I spent the morning between RTPtv and CBC Radio. RTP is an organization that brings sport and play to the most disadvantaged children in the world. I have volunteered with RTP for a decade and served for years as the Chair of the International Board. You can go to the World Of Play located on False Creek between Science World and Canada Hockey Place at the Concord Place Community Celebration Zone in Vancouver and check out more about Right To Play at http://www.righttoplay.com.
Our Olympic experience began yesterday with the Sport for Peace and Development Conference hosted by UBC and Right To Play. On the day of the Opening Ceremonies it was fitting to be reflecting on the role of sport for peace and development.
Today’s Olympic related activities include making a big banner with the kids saying “We Believe—In You.” My son wants to hold it up at the Opening Ceremonies for the athletes to see from the infield. Here is something that has just occurred to me. I have never been to the Opening Ceremonies. Ever. When I was competing the Olympic Ceremonies always happened the day before I started competing and I concluded they would be too distracting and exhausting. Part of me now is wondering what the heck I was thinking.
As the Olympics descend upon us, the critics of these Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver are being drowned out by slogans of “ We Believe”, “Go Canada Go” and “Own the Podium”. We can almost taste the medals “we” are going to win, and we can be promised stories of courage, overcoming the odds, and sheer and awe inspiring excellence. The Olympics are here and let’s enjoy the inspiration and performances to the fullest. My son William is tripping over himself with joy.