Posted by: Paul Hewitt | March 13, 2010

Paralympic Games 2010

No predictions today, just a note about a truly spectacular event that took place last night – the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony 2010.  The link will take you to the site with the complete replay of the ceremonies.

A few weeks ago, I watched the Olympic Games Ceremonies and was quite unimpressed.  Parts of them were downright embarrassing, and I’m not talking about the torch that wouldn’t rise.  The world probably thinks Canadians are a bunch of tap dancing, tatooed fiddlers or really bad comedians (not true on both counts).  The Opening Ceremony for the Paralympic Games should change all of that.  I couldn’t be more proud to be a Canadian than I am right now.

In stark contrast to the Olympic ceremonies, this was a high-energy, happy event with a cast of hundreds of smiling children.  There were special tributes to Rick Hansen (Man in Motion) and Terry Fox (Marathon of Hope).  Don’t miss Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli’s spectacular breakdance performance.  The music was great, the speeches heartfelt and inspiring, and the entire evening was a beautiful welcome to these amazing athletes.

Enjoy the show!

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