August 22, 2017
Canada Summer Games close on high note
By Paul Friesen, Winnipeg Sun
First posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 06:51 PM CDT | Updated: Sunday, August 13, 2017 08:39 PM CDT
There's one story that wraps up the Canada Games as well as anything I've witnessed these last two weeks.
Ontario swimmer Tyson MacDonald's show of sportsmanship should be shown to everyone who thinks winning is everything.
MacDonald, a 20-year-old from Tillsonburg, Ont., won a bronze medal in the 100-metre butterfly for Paralympians, then gave it to a Quebec Paralympic swimmer who lost his bronze in another event because of a technical glitch.
“The only thing I thought was right,” MacDonald said on the Team Ontario Twitter feed. “I'm glad I could just make somebody's day.”
MacDonald was just a speck in the crowd of a couple thousand athletes who filed into the home of the Blue Bombers for Sunday afternoon's sun-drenched closing ceremonies.
But his medal and the story behind it should be celebrated as much as any handed out.
These Games may not attract the attention of the masses, but the shows of sportsmanship, courage and athletic ability rank with any.