I am glad to report that I had an amazing time this past Thursday and Friday at the Canadian Olympic Committee’s soiree’s and golf tournament. I was so nervous the night before the tournament that I barely got any sleep. Having only ever golfed the pitch n’ put in Stanley Park and the par three in Pemberton, I was worried I would disappoint my corporate foursome.

Luckily I had an awesome group put together by Rio Tinto – one of the world’s leading mining and exploration companies. My team

consisted of Bruce Goldsmid, Wayne Holm, Jim Yeates and Jeff Hume.

The golf tournament took place at the Whistler Golf Course and was kicked off with a shotgun start at 11 am. Coach Wayne quickly saw my lack of experience and jumped at the opportunity to help fix my sad excuse for a swing. At our first hole, I was completely incompetent when it came to hitting the driver. With lots of patience and Wayne’s guidance my swing improved to the point where the team actually benefited from my shots. We ended up scoring a respectable seven under par.

Canadian Olympic and Pan American athletes demonstrated some of their sports at various holes throughout the course. Along with golf we also got to wrestle, fence, play volleyball and badminton, witness an archer shoot his arrow at our hole, and enjoy some fine wines and cheeses.

The day was caped off with an evening soiree and dinner hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel. Both a silent and live auction we’re held with the proceeds benefiting the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Thank you for all those who took part in the day’s festivities and for supporting our Canadian athletes.