Burlington families hold Olympic afternoon on Lake Ontario

More than a dozen parents and their children took to the ice on Lake Ontario and set up a makeshift winter sports tournament on Saturday in honour of Canada's elite athletes in Sochi.

Makeshift games 'maybe best way we could cheer' Canadian athletes in Sochi, organizer says

Burlington families stage Olympic afternoon on Lake Ontario 2:20

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.

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.