By: Killa Burkinshaw
On Monday, we were given one last opportunity to offer thanks and appreciation to the volunteers, competitors, and participants of WorldSkills 2009. We treated them to something that we all enjoy as Canadians: Football on Labour Day
They were first ushered to a Tail-tagging party where they found our Stampede Royalty on hand to greet them. Others were there as well, including members of the RCMP, dressed in their traditional red serge, brown stetson, and their high brown boots. All were very happy to be included in the festivities.
I sat with a group of people from England, New Zealand, Netherlands, Japan and a few others and explained what and how the game was played. They were just happy to be there!
At Half-time, The Young Canadians of the Stampede, the winners of WorldSkills 2009, and a colour party all came on to the field to give one last salute to the crowds and to say goodbye. The Young Canadians did an excellent job of entertaining everyone and made sure that a great time was had by all. In the Winners Section, you could see the Norwegians running up and down with their flag celebrating. There was a great variety of music so everyone had at least one song that they could sing along to. And always a crowd pleaser: Fireworks as a finale.
Some of my favourite parts of the day: Sitting with the WorldSkills participants and teaching them the finer points of our style of football, hearing all the international ‘soccer’ chants that you would hear in other countries, hearing them sing “O’ Canada” at the top of their lungs like the rest of us, and having them cheer for the fighter jets that flew overhead. Hopefully everyone at the game had as much fun as I did!