To be perfectly honest, I was like a lot of people before the Pan Am Games started. I made a lot of jokes and vowed that I wouldn’t have any interest, and viewed them equally as nuisance and waste of money.
Then they actually started, and like most people I changed my tune faster than a Canadian sprinter.
There is nothing quite like cheering on your country, and I’m happy to say that I was able to take part in person, at boxing in Oshawa and baseball in Ajax.
It was an awesome atmosphere at both events, and the volunteers did a great job of making sure that everyone was where they should be and that everything ran smoothly.
I would agree with most of what’s been said about the coverage, that the real shame was that you actually had to be there to watch most of the events, since our “national broadcaster” was often nowhere to be found. It was fine for those of us that live close enough. But, what about the millions of other Canadians? The ones in Newfoundland and Saskatchewan that wanted to cheer and couldn’t. Thumbs up for Canada, thumbs down to the CBC.
Mike Jacobsen, Uxbridge