We Should Have Known More About the Pan Am Games

headerlogoDriving home from Midland this afternoon I was amazed at the lack of traffic on the 400 series highways.  I expected, because of the Pan Am games, taking place in Toronto, Hamilton and other spots around Southern Ontario that roads would be blocked but they were not and we made good time on the trip home.

As pleased as I am that we didn’t get tangled up in traffic I’m sure the organizers, tourist spots and perhaps the athletes are a little surprised at the lack of hype about the games.

The only thing I heard about the games before the event was complaints from motorists about the HOV lanes and how their schedules to work were going to be difficult.

When the Olympics came to Canada we heard all sorts of wonderful promotion.  Even when they are not in Canada we get big build up about the events but for this one, which is basically the pre game show for the Olympics, there has been virtually nothing.

Canada is cleaning up at these games and I have no idea how these talented and devoted athletes got this far in their development without any of the regular folks knowing it.  Why aren’t we there?  Why aren’t the parks overflowing with enthusiastic fans cheering the athletes on.

I am not a person who watches much sports but I do enjoy some of the Olympic sports and have watched with pride at other summer games as our athletes crossed finish lines and won medals.  Perhaps if I watched more regularly I would know more but I am very surprised at my own ignorance about these games.  While I’ll take some of the blame I must say the media and perhaps games organizers have done a very poor job of promoting this great event and I am perplexed about why they have kept it such a secret.  Guess it just doesn’t sell like baseball, hockey and Olympics but it should.

Bravo to our brave young athletes for representing us with such determination and courage when we hardly knew what was happening.

Take a look at the medal count.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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