Does not de­fine us

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The Edi­tor, Last week­end, as a parent, I was for­tu­nate enough to at­tend the OFSAA Soc­cer Cham­pi­onships.

I met many stu­dents from our area com­pet­ing in soc­cer and track. I wit­nessed sports­man­ship, ca­ma­raderie, strength, per­se­ver­ance and ded­i­ca­tion in com­peti­tors from all ar­eas.

Af­ter three days on the pitch, I heard one pro­fan­ity and it was not from the Glen­garry team. I do not think I could say this af­ter hang­ing out for three days with my peers! I heard “please and thank you” the en­tire week­end. I could not help but be proud of our youth and think about what won­der­ful peo­ple they are growing into. I would say our com­mu­nity will be in good hands as these com­peti­tors go on to be our fu­ture lead­ers. I was awed!

I could not wait to pick up to see the sports cov­er­age. I was dis­mayed to see sports once again, rel­e­gated to the back page of the pa­per! Due to my family’s in­volve­ment, some might think I write this with bit­ter­ness? Oh my, not at all! does not de­fine us!!

I write this with sad­ness and dis­ap­point­ment. I feel com­pletely de­flated! In times when so­ci­ety strug­gles with self-im­age and men­tal ill­ness, I feel the choice to un­der­mine sports cov­er­age is just so very sad. It is a choice to deem our youths’ suc­cess less im­por­tant. North and South Glen­garry, as Town­ships, have in­stilled eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plans, try­ing to draw fam­i­lies to the area and en­cour­age our youth to stay in the area. Yet, a lo­cal busi­ness, one of the cor­ner­stone busi­nesses of our com­mu­nity, has cho­sen to shun this im­por­tant de­mo­graphic. You are an in­de­pen­dent busi­ness, you make de­ci­sions based on data that is right for you, I just won­der what read­ers you will have left if you con­tinue to re­con­fig­ure your cov­er­age in this man­ner?

I do not want to con­clude on crit­i­cism; I want to con­clude on why I wrote this let­ter. I want read­ers to know that we are sur­rounded by won­der­ful sports play­ers and coaches, all help­ing our com­mu­nity to flour­ish and suc­ceed.

To Frank from Roxbor­ough Bus Lines, thank you for be­ing a gen­tle­man, pro­fes­sional and our num­ber one fan!

To all you coaches and teach­ers, who sup­port our teens, thank you! Thank you for be­ing role mod­els. Thank you for help­ing our chil­dren grow as in­di­vid­u­als and this was of­ten off the sports venue, with en­cour­age­ment, wis­dom and kind­ness. Thank you for the com­pro­mis­ing work life bal­ance and thank you for sac­ri­fic­ing time with your fam­i­lies. On a bad day, and even on the good, I hope you all know you bet­ter lives; you make a dif­fer­ence! To all our lo­cal high school ath­letes, YOU ROCK! You def­i­nitely should be front cover news!

Thank you for be­ing my role mod­els. You ex­hib­ited class, courage, per­se­ver­ance, kind­ness and fun! I know you will all go on, in your own way, to do won­der­ful things! All of Glen­garry, be proud of your stu­dents, they rep­re­sented you so very well!

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