If there’s a more beautiful and quintessentially-Canadian moment, please let me know. A moment of love. Compassion. Understanding.
The story begins in London, on August 11. Our men’s Olympic 4×100 relay team came third behind Jamaica and the U.S, only to be disqualified. And lose their bronze medal. Meanwhile, back home, a 10-year old boy from Newfoundland, Elijah Porter, saw something special in the ruins of this national heartbreak. Something most Canadians who have decried our 18-medal haul failed to see: unbreakable heroism.
Elijah decided that the four athletes, Oluseyi Smith, Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie and Jared Connaughton, are still Canadian heroes. He wrote to them to share his undiminished love and compassion. He said: “When I heard what happened on Aug. 11, I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right. But at last I realized how good you were. We’re Canadians. We persevere.” (Hope you can read the rest of the letter above).
But the kind message wasn’t enough for Elijah, who also has Asperger’s syndrome. He decided the team still deserved a medal. He donated his Timbits soccer medal.
Elijah, you’ve touched my heart. And that of Canada. You’re our Olympic gold medalist. Thank You!