Canadians are known worldwide as being polite...a kinder, gentler sort of folk. That's why what happened yesterday is one of the reasons why I love being a Canadian and what I love about choices that at times, Canada makes for its representatives.
Yesterday, the Canadian Paralympic team announced their flag bearer for the 2012 Paralympic Games, starting later this week in London, will be five time Paralympian, winner of two silver and one bronze medals, wheelchair rugby player Garett Hickling.
The Paralympic Games are known as the feel good, all inclusive, respect for those considered different Games, where disabled athletes of all abilities get together, embracing the Olympic spirit of competing to the best of their abilities, while keeping in mind both the Olympic creed and motto:
CREED: The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
MOTTO: Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger).
What makes it so ying and yang about Hickling being nice old polite Canada's choice as flag bearer is that he plays in the sport known around the world as "Murderball." This sport is full contact, get out there and do whatever it is you have to do to get that bloody ball kind of sport.
Also, lovely smiling, happy, hold open the door for everyone, apologetic and "excuse me" Canada's Hickling is known across the board as one of the most feared athletes in his sport of Murderball, aka wheelchair rugby.
Great choice Canada and may Mr. Hickling's dream for a matched set of three (gold, silver and bronze) come to fruition. And, I also want to congratulate all 145 Canadian Paralympians for making to their Olympic games and wish them all the best, in the most kindest and gentlest way, of course.