Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Olympic Spirit Arrives in Thorold
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Come the beginning of December, excitement was brewing as the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay made its way across the country and finally, into Niagara December 20 and 21. I was lucky enough to not only watch the event first-hand in Thorold and be part of a great day, but also get some great shots.
Thorold being such a small town, it can sometimes fall through the cracks of local media here that have seen drastic cutbacks on staff and resources recently. But that doesn't mean it isn't worthy of as much recognition as larger cities, such as St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, receive. Thorold rarely gets its due despite the many volunteer committees (and in this case the organizing committee of the city's torch relay) who work hard here planning events year in and year out. It was a great place to be that Sunday. For many of us, including myself, it was a first opportunity to watch Olympic history up close. You can do grade school projects about the Olympics and watch them on TV a half-world away, but you really only experience the true meaning of Canadian pride after seeing the torch come to your town, in our case Canada's most patriotic city. Watching the bearers light the torch among a sea of Canadian flags is not something I'll soon forget. Much thanks go to the relay's organizing committee and tourism co-ordinator Terry Dow for accepting my offer to volunteer. Also thanks to the good people at the City of Thorold who showed my video at a council meeting tonight.
At the end of the video is a dedication to our current and past Olympic athletes and to the citizens of Thorold. Canada needs your support in 2010!
What does Canadian/Olympic pride mean to you? Is it watching the torch relay, buying the mittens and jerseys or just gathering 'round the TV to cheer on our athletes?
Find a couple of my pics on these links of the Niagara Economic Development website:
Thorold Economic Development - Quality of Life
Thorold Economic Development - Data Centre
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