Jumpstart Olympic Ambassadors making their Winter Games mark in Sochi #JSAmbassadors

Jumpstart Olympic Ambassadors making their Winter Games mark in Sochi #JSAmbassadors

canadian-pride-cheerVisions of sticking a perfect landing off the ski jump, posting a world record bobsled run and scoring the game winner in the gold medal hockey final – we’ve played out these dreams many a times growing up. There’s something magical about the Olympics that captivates us all. The red and white soaring over the crowds with all cameras on you with “Oh Canada!” blasting through the grandstands. Ask yourself what it must be like to stand on the podium and at that exact moment, knowing that all of Canada shares in your pride of accomplishment, recognizing you as the world’s best. Can you imagine? 

Every child dreams of being a Winter Olympics Champion

gocanadagoThe Olympics signify all things that are pure about athleticism. Olympians, after years of hard work, along with relentless commitment, and hours and hours of practice intermingled with competitions, their efforts culminate into one worldwide event – the Olympics. I’m overwhelmed by an immense sense of pride that I feel for both my country and the Canadian Olympic team… it’s hard to put into words. For lack of vocab, I’d prefer to describe as a feeling. I get the same high from seeing one of our athletes reach the podium as I do after a grueling workout. Laying on the floor in a pool of sweat (aka “awesome sauce”), a feeling of utter contentment envelops me as I acknowledge to myself that I’ve done something good, taking me one step closer to my own personal goals. Olympians embody everything that is good about perseverance, the will of greatness, and endless pride for community after community, spanning from Coast-to-Coast.  They not only compete for themselves but they carry the weight of the Country on their shoulders (and we ride with them proudly).

As a child, I dreamed of the Olympics and what it would have been like to be there as an athlete. Now I experience it differently. I look to my own daughters now as they gaze on at the TV as our athletes summit the podium in Sochi. No matter the age, or where you are in life, during the next few weeks all Canadians wear their red and white pride on their sleeves – “Oh Canada!”

What is the Jumpstart?

Sports are an important part in shaping a child’s life but the reality is that 1 in 3 Canadian families cannot afford to get their kids involved in sport and recreation. Jumpstart is a nationally registered charity that helps kids experience the joy and life skills that comes through participating in sports. Jumpstart gives kids (aged 4-18) a sporting chance by covering costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation. Since 2005, Jumpstart has helped almost 700,000 kids (and counting) get in the game! 100% of donations to Jumpstart go straight to achieve their vision of helping equip kids for life and directing them towards a better future. Together we can help all kids play!

Jumpstart Olympic Ambassadors making their Winter Games mark in Sochi #JSAmbassadors

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is proud to have 10 Olympic Ambassadors attending the Winter Games in Sochi. In support, Canadian Tire and Sport Chek will be donating $5,000 to Jumpstart for every goal scored by one of the Jumpstart Olympic ambassador’s. These Ambassadors include Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, Hayley Wickenheiser and Meaghan Mikkelson. To learn more about the Ambassadors, visit the Ambassadors tab on Jumpstart’s Facebook page

FYI, at time of writing this post, Hayley Wickenheiser scored a goal in the games and $5000 has already been donated! Hayley Wickenhiser became the youngest female to wear the Red and White jersey for the Canadian Women’s team at the age of 15. She has won 3 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal and Sochi will be her 6th Olympic winter games.

You Can Win too! Enter to win an AWESOME prize pack and more

To celebrate the Olympic Winter Games, Jumpstart has launched the Podium Predictor! Join in before February 20th and submit your total medal count prediction for the Canadian Olympic Team to be entered to WIN 1 of 17 daily prizes or a Grand Prize of a $250 Canadian Tire shopping spree!

Also, enter for a chance to win a $110 Prize Pack, including:

  • Adidas small duffel bag
  • Jumpstart slingback backpack
  • Nike towel
  • Canada games sweater
  • Jumpstart lanyard & Ball

(Note: open to Canada only ends February 24th, 2014) 

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  • http://www.604homes.com Matt

    I love the Olympics for the displays of athleticism, the devotion of the athletes, and the patriotism of it all.

    • http://www.daimanuel.com Dai

      Me too. Always feel so inspired watching the athletes compete at this level. Truly amazing!

  • Jess

    The Olympics means cheering for Canada and all the hard work that all the athletes (and their families) have went through! I can’t even express how much pride I feel for them but it’s definitely a lot of pride! It must be truly amazing to represent Canada. Go Canada! ;)

  • http://www.runwithjess.com Run With Jess

    I love the Olympics… glued to them in fact. I’m continually amazed at the athletic performances from all countries. I like to see them all do well. Most of all, it’s television that we can watch with the kids – they get so into it. They’ve been dancing around the house all week pretending to be figure skaters. :) #GoTeamUSA

    • http://www.daimanuel.com Dai

      Love it! I’m very much like you. We spent the weekend visiting family and the Olympics were on in the background all weekend… we took many breaks to watch the action and cheer on the athletes. Such an incredible event! Love it! Thanks for posting and sharing.

  • Josh S

    I love watching our olympians compete and represent Canada. They do such a great job. Bravo to Justin Wadsworth for coming to the aid of the Russian with the broken ski. Very classy.

    • http://www.daimanuel.com Dai

      Agree 100% – uber cool of Justin!

  • angela m

    I love the Olympics, I love watching the athletes representing Canada and am proud.

  • Bree

    I love to see the competitions and cheer on our Canadian athletes! I am proud of the competitors and proud to be Canadian!

  • http://www.theconstantrambler.com Lauren Bassar

    We are in Canada for the winter and are from the USA. Love getting the Canadian perspective on things. Go Canada!

  • http://twitter.com/mommy2fiveboys andrea amy (@mommy2fiveboys)

    I love how the olympics brings us all together as a nation. We are all cheering for the same team (Canada) and I think it brings out the best in us. I’m very proud of our athletes, and very proud to be canadian!

  • Bev

    The athletes inspire me to persevere through any discipline that I choose. They make me proud to be Canadian and I am happy to see them represent the Canadian spirit.

  • Jay

    I always look forward to the Olympics…I’m very patriotic and love seeing our athletes compete, and how the whole country rallies behind them.

  • Cassie Fancy

    I love watching the Olympics , My fav is the figure skating . I am so proud of all of the Canadian athletes <3

  • http://rebthecatsitter.wordpress.com rebby

    The Olympics are a source of Pride for me, and to see Canadians representing is touching!

  • Dayna Wilson

    I’m pleased for the athletes, and I’m proud of many of them and how they are behaving – ie the Canadian who gave up his place to a fellow athlete, who went on to win silver. That’s great sportsmanship.

  • Courtney

    They are fun to watch, and is something positive to focus on. Our athletes work so hard and should be very proud!

  • http://gravatar.com/kittypride kittypride

    The Canadian Olympians are our best sports representatives and it is amazing and exciting to watch them do their best and represent!

  • Silvia D

    I feel so proud watching our Canadian Olympian athletes.They represent our great country and do it real Olympian style!

  • linda

    It’s nice to see so many Canadians have the spirit in cheering on our Canadian Athletes. GoCanadaGo!!!

  • Sandy

    To me, the Olympics represents the hard work and sacrifices of athletes representing their countries. I love watching the Olympic competitions, and cheering on the athletes. It brings out my strong Canadian pride! Canada has done SO well in Sochi, and it’s a testament to how hard the athletes have worked and competed!

  • Tammy Dalley

    I love watching the olympics, they work so hard! They make canada so proud

  • http://dialoguewithdoris.wordpress.com Doris H.

    I love watching the Althetes compete for something they’ve worked so hard at. Very proud moments.

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