Wheelchair basketball competition took place at Heritage Park Secondary School.

Wheelchair basketball competition took place at Heritage Park Secondary School.

Spirit of BC Games epitomized by wheelchair basketball players

For many BC Winter Games observers, including volunteer journalist Shaun Thiessen, Sunday began early with the Olympic men's hockey final.

  • Feb. 23, 2014 11:00 a.m.

by Shaun Thiessen

I woke up this morning to my alarm in preparation to see Canada’s hockey heroes hit the ice for the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics.

It was a proud moment for me to see the Canadian flag raised and our anthem playing in the background. But later in the morning, I was introduced to a whole new group of heroes. After watching Canada dominate men’s Olympic hockey it was off to cover wheelchair basketball.

The first thing I noticed was the intensity and passion of every athlete on the floor. Then I noticed how well they worked together as a team just like all the men and women that represented Canada in Sochi did.

A majority of these athletes have had to battle adversity at some point in their life, and probably more than you or I ever will. Right away you can tell everyone of these athletes is a fighter – they don’t know the words quit or cannot.

On a day when the power of sport can bring an entire nation together watching multi-millionaires represent your country, I was able to be a part of something just as powerful. The BC Winter Games athletes are competing for a medal, but at the end of the day, they are all champions!