Paralympic Experience

Posted by Tom Locke on March 24th, 2010 filed in History, Life, Sports ... All Sorts

The support of Paralympic Games, which started on March 12, made it readily apparent that Vancouverites and their visitors, local and abroad, still wanted to party and weren’t ready to shut things down.

I had the pleasure of being part of a sold out house for the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games on March 12.  The ceremonies were well received and emotionally uplifting.

On Monday March 15, I had my first exposure to Wheelchair Curling.  I was most impressed with the teamwork displayed by all participants, the comraderie of the athletes and the enthusiasm of the crowd.  Canada, who went on to win the gold, dominanted Japan 13-2 in a morning draw while the higlight game of the day was a nail biter between Sweden and Norway that saw Sweden break up a 2-2 tie with a 4 point end and hang on for a 6-4 victory.

On Thursday March 18, I attended the Sledge Ice Hockey semi-final that saw Japan make the most of Canadian mistakes and upset Canada 3-1.  Many people had anticipated that Canada would be in the Gold Medal final on Saturday.  Upon losing to Japan, it was amazing to see the number of people offering Gold Medal tickets for Bronze Medal tickets so they could watch the Canadian team compete for third place.

Cindy and I were able to put a “bow” on our Olympic/Paralympic experience by accepting an invitation to attend a final reception at the BC Pavilion sponsored by the Province.  Piped in during the reception from Whistler were the closing ceremonies of the Paralympics.  It was well done and well received by all.

Here are some photos relating to the above:

Introduction of AthletesLighting of the Torch
   Introduction of Athletes and Lighting of the Torch
Cindy & Sumi, the Paralympic MascotTeam Canada
   Cindy & Mascot Sumi with Team Canada
Face OffJapan's Secret Weapon

   Sledge Hockey Semi-Final and Japan’s Secret Weapon
At The ReceptionThe Last Hurrah
   The Closing Reception and The Last Hurrah

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