Port Elgin Torch Run- generous donation by the LMHL
This update is a little late, but should not be left out:
On December 28th, the Winter Olympic Torch came through Port Elgin. In true Canadian fashion, the relay went on amidst a blizzard. Among the torch bearers was Brian Williams, sports commentator for nearly every Olympic Games since 1976. He was there with his son’s family to celebrate the event. Brian is a really classy and intelligent guy, who as always, was a delight to hear speak. It was the first time I had met him in person as well, and had a great chat with him. He had the Canadian Olympic Hockey roster in his pocket, but wouldn’t spill any info on the announcement everyone is waiting to hear.
It was an honor to be asked to lead out the Olympic Torch bearers into The Plex, where a filled arena came in to celebrate in true Olympic fashion, with tonnes of spirit and anticipation. Being on the ice and getting to see the excitement of the community at the spectacle, filled me with a little more drive… I hope that I can bring a medal home to Saugeen Shores in similar fashion to share with a community who has generously shared so much with me.
Before the event, the Lakeshore Men’s Hockey League continued the generosity I have experienced, donating $500 towards my costs of equipment. Its really hard to describe all of the costs that go into training and competing at a world class level, and having the community come together like it has really exemplifies what the Olympic and Paralympic Games are all about. Thank you so much to all of the guys in the LMHL for choosing to help me out, your kindness will not be forgotten in my travels in Australia.