Report from the Paralympics
Connor Forrest has been in Sochi, Russia, cheering on his mom in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games. Connor’s mom, Ina Forrest, is a world-champion wheelchair curler.
Read about Connor’s experience from the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.
The stadium was alive with the cheering of the thousands and thousands of people as the ceremonies started off with a shower of sparks cascading down from the roof. After the shower of sparks there was a precise marching act that confused and amazed you at how they were perfectly together and could not hit each other as their formations came together. After more dancing and performances, the competing athletes came out in their country groups and everyone cheered as loud as they could for all the competing athletes and their countries. After the athletes, it was more amazing and dazzling performances. One of the most amazing was an absolutely gigantic boat that floated across the stadium floor and looked like it could barely fit out the other side. After the performances, there were speeches by the President of the International Paralympic Committee, the President of Russia and other dignitaries. After the speeches, the torch was paraded through the arena and lit the huge Olympic flame outside. As the flame was lit, there was a huge fireworks display that lit up the night sky for miles around.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Connor. It sounds amazing!
We’ll be cheering on Ina and the rest of our Canadian athletes this weekend as the Paralympic Games come to a close.
Have you been watching the Paralympics? If so, tell us what your favourite event or moment was.
my mom’s friend’s brother is a coach for the canadian sledge hockey team!! He’s probably an assistant coach or something though because he isn’t mentioned in any interviews