Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 98 London to Woodstock, Ontario

Day 98, outside the hotel in London. Looks like a good day for ducks! It is was cold and blowing as well, I was lucky enough to be driving the pace motorhome. The escorts and the medal bearers were not so lucky.

Dreaming about going back to bed.

The start of our day was at the Central London Secondary school. Our school program team put on a presentation in the school theatre.

My view through the rear camera. Lots of umbrellas out today.

A quick stop at the University of Western Ontario

Another school stop at Gabriel Dumont Secondary school. The subtitle translated is "defender of minority rights". Click on his name to learn more. The school is a french language first school, and is also the french catholic school Monseigneur-Bruyere

The man himself, a Metis leader in the 1800's

Our lunch stop today was at Fanshawe College in London

A blurry picture of Jeremy with the school's difference maker Veronica.

We were graced by the presence of the Fanshawe Falcon!

Spoiled rotten again, a great lunch of salads, wraps, and sandwiches

It's gotta break sooner or later.
A small gathering in Thamesford at the public library. Thamesford is part of the township of Zorra

Our endurance athlete Tyrone with the three medal bearers, Eric, Michael and Austin
Here is Eric's story:

Hi I am Eric. I was born with Spina Bifida/Hydrocephalus 15 years ago and live in the rual community of St. Marys Ontario. I love to play

wheelchair sports, especially basketball. I have participated the last 4 years in the Rick Hanson demo day in London. I am a leader and mentor

with the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association. We demo wheelchair sports in the rural communities once a month. Along with Bridging the Gap

we make sure disabled kids that don't have have access to wheelchair sports the opportunity to try them out. We also take the London

wheelchair basketball chairs to schools in the Huron-Perth district and introduce wheelchair sports to the student bodies. All the kids get to try

out the sport chairs and the SMILES on the disabled kids when they are able to show WHAT THEY CAN DO is awesome. It gives respect for

them and their sports. I was lucky to travel alot this year with Wheelchair Basketball. I made the Ontario team and was at the Canada Games in

Halifax where we got the silver medals this past Feb. I played with the Team Canada Juniors in a tournament in Minnesota USA. To be able to

share what I have learned and the benefits of being part of a team and the selfconfidence it brings, is so awesome! I would be honoured to be

part of the relay! thanks Eric

On our way to Woodstock, next stop Ingersoll, a town of less than 12,000

Downtown Ingersoll

Our ATAB (after noon time adjustment break, (keeps on schedule), was at the town hall. Here Tyrone does an interview for the local news, something he will be doing a lot of in the month that he is with us.
dusk, the rain finally breaks as we head into Woodstock, population under 40,000

Our end of day celebration was at the Woodstock District Community Complex

Another proud group of difference makers, it is always great how many show up at the end of day. A lot of them are coming from other towns just to be here.

Chad has his own fan club, some of his fellow students. Tonight I was invited by my good friends Rob and Barb, (who used to live in Summerland, B.C.) to a home cooked meal at their house, followed by a couple of beers and Rob and I swapping lies! The stories just keep getting better!(and more exaggerated)  We are certainly legends in our own minds!

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