By Will Colford, SnowSeekers Inc.
“My daughter’s running beside the torch tonight,” says Andrew Ruain of Red Deer, Alberta. He wonders if there will come a time when, instead of just running beside the torch, she’ll run holding the torch. Fortunately, Ruain’s daughter is in the right city.
Mayor Morris Flewwelling is quick to point out the city of Red Deer is a community that “…backs the arts, sports, and thrives in winter. We have the highest concentration of medal contending Olympians per capita.”
The mayor is a strong individual with confidence in his community, and he’s right. Red Deer backs its athletes and, as a result, nurtures some of our country’s top medal contenders.
As I used to work with Olympic aerialist, Deidra Dionne during college, I am familiar with the time and effort the athletes, and the community as a whole, put into training and perfecting their sport of choice. Though I have no personal connection to Olympian and hometown girl, Jamie Salé, her presence tonight at the torch relay shows the pride the community takes in her being from central Alberta.
Even CBC sportscaster Ron McLean is beaming and boasting of his Red Deer heritage. Speaking to all the easy-going people out for a good time, there definitely seems to be something special about the city of Red Deer.