Quinte, On. real estate agent: Ontario

An Olympic Letter - Real Inspiration

The Olympics are finally over, and other than a couple of bright spots, it was a fairly mundane Olympics from a Canadian perspective. Canada won its share of medals, but only one gold.

One of the medals that Canada lost out on was the 4x100 metre relay team. Initially it looked like they had won a bronze medal (which would have been an amazing feat), but they were disqualified when replays showed that sprinter Jared Connaughton had stepped on the lane line going around the turn of the track.

This left the sprint team of Connaughton, Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie and Oluseyi Smith heartbroken. All that work and preparation gone in a flash.

A ten year old boy from Newfoundland, Elijah Porter decided that their performance was worthy of a medal and decided to do something about it, so he wrote the sprint team a letter and sent them a hard earned medal of his own, his Timbits soccer medal (Tim Hortons is a huge sponsor of youth soccer in Canada). He also sent them a very thoughtful letter as well. Justyn Warner put a link to the letter and medal on his Twitter account. The letter reads;

Dear Justyn, Gavin, Jarred and Oluseyi,

I'm Elijah Porter, I'm ten and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. when I heard what happened on August 11 I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right, but at least I realized how good you were. We're Canadians, we persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn't stop us from living in the north. We didn't lose the war of 1812. We adapt and survive. We have earned our freedom. Someday, if I become a biologist, if I get rich, if I remember, I will donate money to the summer and winter Canadian Olympians. I hope you like the medal.

The Canadian relay team might not have come away from the Olympics with an Olympic medal, but they sure did inspire this young fellow. It might not be an Olympic medal, but they didn't come away empty handed.



Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • August 14 2012 11:17AM
An Olympic Letter - Real Inspiration
The Olympics are finally over, and other than a couple of bright spots, it was a fairly mundane Olympics from a Canadian perspective. Canada won its share of medals, but only one gold. One of the medals that Canada lost out on was the 4x100… more
Bloomfield, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Bloomfield is close to the geographical centre of Prince Edward County. This interesting little town of about 700 odd souls is located at the intersection of highway 33 (from Trenton) and Highway 62 (from Belleville). Unless folks are familiar with… more
Wellington, Prince Edward County Ontario
With a population of about 1700, Wellington is Prince Edward County's second largest town. It's about halfway between Trenton and Picton on Highway 33 (Loyalist Parkway) and is surrounded by some of the most pleasant scenery in the province. It's… more
The Park in Wellington, Prince Edward County
This little park in Wellington is one of my favourite places in Prince Edward County. It's especially fun if you happen to have a couple of kids in tow. Alas, my kids are a little too old to enjoy the park now, but when I'm in the area I still do… more
North Beach Provincial Park
North Beach Provincial Park is one of the great locations in Prince Edward County that makes this county such a popular summer time destination in southern Ontario. The beach here is very similar to the one at Sandbanks Provincial Park just not… more
This Place is For the Birds
Prince Edward County was designated as a "Globally Important Birding Area" in 1998 by The Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada. As well as being the home to a diverse variety of birds, it's an important stop for migrating… more
Rednersville Ontario
One of the more difficult aspects of adjusting to life in a rural area is getting to know the lay of the land. Sometimes the locals don't help that much. It's not that they mean to be difficult, but it's human nature to assume that people know the… more
Open Houses in Quinte July 28 and 29 2012: My super-duper weekend
It's going to be a busy weekend for me this weekend. If only people knew how tough it is to sit in someone else's living room and watch T. V. for a couple of hours. So I'm calling on all Quinte house hunters to stop by, have a look, be charmed.. more
Carrying Place Ontario
Everybody who has driven into Prince Edward County on Highway 33 will have driven through Carrying Place. I'm sure a lot of people will have missed the sign and have been unaware that they were actually in a hamlet, there's really not much to… more
Barcovan Beach
Barcovan Beach is one of those neat little communities that people spend their summers at year after year. It's on the shores of Weller's Bay between Carrying Place and Brighton. A little further down on Barcovan Beach Road are where the lucky… more