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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 17, 2014 – On a cold and early Thursday morning, students from Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension gathered to celebrate the 22nd Winter Olympics. So excited, they didn’t care about the cold or how early it was. All they could think about was demonstrating their Olympic Spirit.

As a kickoff to the games, educators organized three activities for the children:  ball hockey, winter soccer and luging (a.k.a sledding). Wearing their Team Canada shirts, the students were greeted by Principal Marco Gagliardi,  Physical Education teacher Scott Danovitch and City  Breakfast Television host Wilder Weir and  hiscrew.

“It’s great to come in this early and see all these kids super excited about ball hockey, the Olympics and just sports in general,” exclaimed Mr. Weir. “Coming from a sport background, I know how important competition and sport is and what it teaches you about life.”

After participating in a fun game of ball hockey, a group of students game together and sang the Canadian nation anthem for Weir and his crew. The mini athletes then changed into their snow gear and braved the outdoors for more Olympic themed fun.

“We thought this would be a great experience for our kids,” said Mr. Danovitch. “A lot of our students had no clue that they Olympics were even around the corner. Last time the Winter Olympics took place in Vancouver, they were all very young. Now that they are older they can really appreciate it, learn about it and get excited and inspired about it.”

The students at Sinclair Laird have been preparing for the Winter Games for weeks. Mr. Gagliardi stated: “Presently our students are working on some Olympic themed projects. They are looking at their favorite athlete and their favorite sport. It’s nice to see the variety of athletes that they are coming up with; it’s both men and women and not just the popular sports like hockey. The kids are really interested and I think they are learning a lot about the games.”

With rosy cheeks and smiles all around, it was clear that all the participants of the Sinclair Laird Winter Olympics had a lot of fun.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213