Editorial: So much to cheer about as Quesnel hosts major sporting events

Inspiring stories and a sense of community abound at sporting competitions

I’m not sure many things make me feel better about the world than spending time at a sporting event, and covering sports this weekend was a great reminder of why.

Taking photos at the Cariboo North Central Regional Skating Competition and the Biathlon BC Cup race, there was such a feeling of community and of support that I couldn’t help but walk away from each event with a big smile on my face.

We’ve likely all heard about — and maybe even experienced — the hockey parents who yell at referees, and in any sport, there are probably people who push too much, who disrespect officials and, in general, forget what’s really important, but so much good can be seen and felt at sporting events.

This weekend, I saw competitors cheering each other on, coaches offering helpful hints and words of encouragement, and parents proudly videotaping their children. It can be so heartwarming to spend time at a competition, even without taking into account the inspiring performances of the athletes.

This was especially the case at Hallis Lake, where the Cariboo Ski Touring Club hosted the third Biathlon BC Cup race. I met a man who is relatively new to biathlon who got into the sport after watching his daughters compete. He now competes in the Masters Men 50 division, racing the same course as his daughters. There were also recreational athletes, non-competitive athletes who are part of a big event right alongside the competitive athletes. Add to the mix the 60-plus volunteers who helped out each day, and the event had a real community feel.

The figure skating competition felt like a little community as well. Everywhere you looked, there were friendly volunteers. Each time a skater’s name was announced, a loud cheer would erupt from the stands, and you could just feel the support for them.

Being at these competitions was inspiring, and it also made me really excited for the big event coming to Quesnel next week, the BC Mens’ and Ladies’ Curling Championships. Our town will host the 20 best teams from across the province, starting Tuesday, Jan. 29, and I think we’re in for a real treat. There will be happy stories and sad stories coming out of the competition, I’m sure, as athletes’ hopes rise and fall in a game where wins and losses can be decided by mere inches. But one of the things that excites me is that some of the best stories might not even come from the ice. The fans, officials, coaches, ice-makers, volunteers and curlers all have their own interesting stories, and I, for one, can’t wait to learn about them and be inspired by them.

Here’s to more great weekends of sport in our community, particularly the highly-anticipated one when we see the provincial curling champions crowned Feb. 2-3. — Lindsay Chung

Just Posted

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Oregon couple’s stolen truck located at Deep Creek, boat still missing

Jim and Kathy Jantz are thankful for the help they have received so far in Williams Lake

Quesnel Fall Fair celebrates 100+ years

This year’s fair will celebrate a Friday night opening for the first time

Quesnel group looking into developing a co-housing complex

An information session will take place Oct. 2 at the Quesnel Library

Celebrating Barkerville’s Chinese heritage

Barkerville Historic Town and Park hosted its annual Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Aug. 17

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town hit by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Province funds new shuttle buses for 13 B.C. senior centres

Activity, socializing helps maintain health, Adrian Dix says

Most Read