A special send off for our Special Olympics Team Canada athletes

Last Thursday, I had the great pleasure of speaking to our Special Olympics Team Canada before they flew off to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, which began January 29th.

S.O. Team Canada rally

As an Olympian, I know first-hand the rollercoaster of emotions that come with getting ready to leave for an international competition. It’s, of course, an honour to represent your country, and the anticipation of such a big event can also be completely nerve-wracking. That being said, yesterday, all I saw on the faces of our Special Olympics athletes, coaches and mission staff was excitement. Canada, I can assure you that our athletes are ready to represent our great Country and make us proud. Even more importantly, they are ready to have the time of their lives!

Because not all of our athlete’s family and friends could travel with them to the Republic of Korea, TELUS thought we’d step in and work a little magic to ensure our team can celebrate their accomplishments with their loved ones back at home. We’ve donated mobile devices to each member of the 141-person team (theirs to keep), and are also taking care of their network expenses while they are competing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games. This means our team can phone home, as often as they like, and share their success with loved ones halfway around the world. Those phone calls home will be some of the most memorable of these athletes’ lives.

The 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games are expected to be the world’s largest sporting event in 2013, bringing together more than 3,300 athletes from 112 countries.

Go Canada!

I hope you all join me in sending great thoughts and energy our athlete’s way as they compete on the world’s stage. Go Canada!