Canada Summer Games is about to descend on Winnipeg. In less than 90 days, Winnipeg will be the site of more than 4000 athletes performing to their very best. It was my thought that all those athletes, friends and families would probably like an insiders guide to the city. You know, best restaurants to refuel, places to relax, shopping areas to kill time, and of course resources for athletes to get a competitive edge.
As the Olympic flame was extinguished during Sunday's closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I join Canadians in offering Team Canada our thanks and praise. Beyond the thrill of watching elite competition, the past several weeks have delivered us inspirational moments and stories that now sit in our collective memory.
Jen Kish looks tough. And she is tough. Tough on herself to perform at the highest level of athletics, and more importantly, to provide a positive role model for female athletes anywhere. As the captain of the bronze medal-winning Canadian Women's 7 Rugby Team, she is well poised to do just that.
We're not crying. You're crying.
Go Team Canada!
Women made their debut to the sport in 1928.
As a parent you don't set out to raise a high-performance athlete, you set out to raise a good kid who will mature into an honourable and productive adult. As he was growing up, I didn't really know that my son, Andre De Grasse, would be one of Canada's top track and field athletes on his way to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!
Normalcy is something we all take for granted sometimes as the comforts of our day-to-day lives often seem too simple. For a high performance para-athlete like my son, some days are far from the usual and so normalcy is the one thing I try to maintain in his life.
We all want our children to reach their full potential and the same is true when you're raising an Olympic athlete. My daughter, Stephanie Labbe, started playing soccer when she was 12 and from that point on, a large part of the whole family's life was spent on sport fields and arenas.
Failure is essential to success. That was an important lesson for my daughter, trampolinist and London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Rosie MacLennan.