Canadian Boy, 10, Crowns Dethroned Men’s 4×100 Olympics Relay Team

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!

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Obert Madondo

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based blogger, activist, photographer, digital rights enthusiast, former political aide, and former international development administrator. He's the founder and editor of these independent publications: The Canadian Progressive, a political blog dedicated to progressive Canadian journalism; The Zimbabwean Progressive, a political blog dedicated to producing fearless, progressive, adversarial, unapologetic, and activism-oriented Zimbabwean journalism; and Charity Files, a publication dedicated to journalism in the charitable public's interest. Follow Obert on Twitter: @Obiemad