I’m sitting in the home office – which is a desk at the back of the family room scrunched up against the old air hockey table so there’s enough space between it and a couch so that Super Dog 2.0 doesn’t do something stupid like jump up and eat another power cord – and watching the women’s U-19 team beat Latvia.
Then I remember reading somewhere about Crystal Emmanuel breaking one of the longest-standing Canadian track records out there in the women’s 200 metres and Melissa Bishop setting a new Canadian standard in the 800 metres a few days ago.
A quick run through the google and the dark recesses of my mind and I recall that the beach volleyball part of Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes is ranked like second in the world at the moment and that the national women’s water polo team is in the semifinals at the worlds and could get a medal for the first time in almost a decade. The Canadian women’s lacrosse team was second at the world championships. This is all in the last week or so and it’s astonishing, isn’t it?
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I know we’ve touched on this before – I remember asking Rosie if she was interested in writing about it last summer in Rio when the Canadian women got off to such a great start on the march to the Olympic medal podium – but it’s continuing unabated year to year and it’s something I think the country can be quite proud of.
The “why” is not simple to explain, I don’t think, but we’ll try, at least a cursory level this morning.
Young Canadian women have role models, which is huge, and someone should probably take time to thank the various pioneers in the various sports because, as I’ve heard said, you can’t be what you can’t see and young girls see excellence and it gives them something to strive for.
It is to our credit – and the credit of officials, coaches, fund-raisers and those who advocate for equality in sports opportunities for young girls – that we have built a sporting society that celebrates excellence in both genders and welcomes a huge level of equality in training and attention.
I know there’s still a ways to go before things are absolutely equal – and, yeah, the media could do a better job but it could do a better a job at a lot of things – but there is no disputing the fact that Canada has become a global force in women’s sports right across the board.
This week might have validated that idea.
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No queries too inconsequential.
I’m thinking this every-other-day stuff is going to be okay, at least for a little while. Got some extra shut-eye yesterday, nothing of real importance happened and I was able to eat a full day of time without doing much.
So part of the morning ritual is easing into the day by sitting on the front porch for 15 minutes to so to get the mind a’working.
It’s cool to watch, way loud and I’m wondering just how long it’ll take until he/she either pecks his/her way through it (there seems to be a different point of attack every two or three days) or when the whole thing is going to fall down.