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This man has also motivated tons of local kids to ski and ski race, was one of the driving forces behind excellence not participation for Canadian athletes in disabled skiing, and was a main factor in my motivation to be the first disabled skier to be carded by Sport Canada.
The man is a living local, national, and international legend! His name is Phil Chew, and he more than deserves the same recognition as those other 11 athletes.
I was told Whistler was going to do it "different", it was going to be about equality, integration and respect for all athletes in 2010.
Whistler, your lip service to the Paralympic Movement, and the Disabled Movement in general is shining through once again!
Congrats Whistler, you blew it again!
Where was athlete number 12?
Where was Phil Chew?
Thanks to all who contributed to make the "best ever" Canada Day! Close to 50 entries came out and added atmosphere, colour and inspiration to the parade. Congratulations to the Whistler Garden Group with Isobel and Don MacLaurin for the Best Community Entry and Buffalo Bills for winning the Best Commercial Entry. Enjoy taking your closest friends or staff members out for a picnic on the Whistler Chamber!
Thanks also to parade leaders: Steve Podborski, Joan Richoz, Abigail Winter-Culliford, Melanie & Lynette, and to the big delegation from the RCMP, the French community and the Filipino-Canadian Society. Many thanks to Mayor OReilly and Whistler-Blackcomb who "walked the talk" in hybrid cars; to Tourism Whistler who bring the most popular sustainable transport every year; Corporal Dave Smith with his horse Justice and dog Moosejaw; to Whistler Taekwondo kids distributing 500 acacia trees symbolizing friendship between the French and English Canadians; to the Kelty Dennehy Foundation sponsoring the Black Tusk Pipe Band from Squamish.
We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors, particularly Sharps Audio Visual who kept the celebration at Town Square and MC Scott Roberts amplified. Thanks to Pique Newsmagazine for promoting, Rotary for judging, Linda Marshall for her Canada Day passion and the RCMP and Bylaws for their great collaboration on the event!
Did you miss the fireworks? We all did, as they were cancelled due to fire hazard. Though we want to express our thanks to the Resort Municipality and Whistler Cable who were there for all of us as joint sponsors for the event. Keep that Canada pride flowing to 2010!