Burlington families hold Olympic afternoon on Lake Ontario
Makeshift games 'maybe best way we could cheer' Canadian athletes in Sochi, organizer says
A group of families in Burlington took an unconventional approach to celebrating the efforts of Canada’s elite athletes in Sochi.
They opted to stage a Winter Olympics of their own.
More than a dozen parents and their children took to the ice on Lake Ontario on Saturday to hold a makeshift winter sports tournament. The games included the two-man bobsleigh (involving plastic children's sleds), curling with homemade rocks and a miniature speed skating circuit.
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The afternoon featured other Olympics-themed touches. Pint-sized athletes competed under the banners of five different countries and participated in a torch-lighting ceremony.
The idea for the event came from the mind of seven-year-old Kira Taylor.
“My dad has always loved the Olympics," she told CBC TV reporter Charlsie Agro. "So this year, I decided that I want to have an Olympic party."
Mike Taylor, Kira’s father, said he liked the concept because it represented a fun, active way to celebrate Canada’s real Winter Olympians.
“We decided that this is maybe best way we could cheer them on. In a small little way here in Burlington, we can do our part.”
To see a CBC TV report about the afternoon, click on the video at the top of the screen.