Paralympic Appreciation Night
On Wednesday, November 9, we as a club and as a community, expressed our sincere congratulations and excitments for our Paralympians. Bruce, John and Jackie received applause from many attendees at the club itself, as well as 'virtual' applause by anyone that watched our live Facebook broadcast of the evening's presentations.
Commodore, Dunnery Best and Past Commodore, Gus Whitmore presented each Paralympian with a beautifully framed photo of themselves at the Rio 2016 Paralympics with a plaque. As each Paralympian received their gift, they each recounted stories of their experiences getting to Rio, the hard work, dedication and all the support they received in their journies. Finally, they were presented with an updated Wall of Racing Excellence, where John and Bruce's photos were updated, and Jackie was added. The Wall of Racing Excellence can be found in the Main Lounge, by the fireplace
Bruce gave a heartwarming speech of his hard work and dedication and gave a very moving and loving gesture of great gratitude to his wife, Barbara who has helped him throughout the years and has never given up on him or his dreams.
John and Jackie told stories of their experiences mostly at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and John created a very vivid picture of the historic final day where they achieved the Silver Medal.
Finally, Dunnery and Gus presented a gift to Head Coach, Steve McBride for an incredible job well done and his recent award from the BC Sailing Association for Coaching Excellence.
If you missed the presentation, a live recording can be found on our Facebook page here.