Newfoundland and Labrador will have one of their own to cheer for when the Winter Olympics begin next month. During the weekend, Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown retained her national skating title and will be off to Sochi as part of the Canadian team.
It’s a rare and special accomplishment for someone from this tiny province.
The most recent winter Olympians from here were the members of the scrappy Brad Gushue curling team, which brought back a gold medal for Canada in Torino.
Both accomplishments should be inspirations for the rest of us in this province — athletes or not.
Osmond is just 18 years old and got her early training in this province where it’s no easy to excel in sports such as figure skating. But that didn’t stop her from living her dream.
Granted, Osmond was forced to move to and live in Alberta to refine her technique, but that isn’t the most important ingredient that got her to the top of her sport in this country.
There are plenty of talented skaters from all over the country who never become champions.
Osmond though was blessed with being born in this province where she got her desire, grit, mental toughness and never-quit attitude long before she saw the Rocky Mountains.
This is a young woman who has excelled because of the support of her family and community, which spurred her to greatness.
Gushue’s and Osmond’s success should be a lesson to us all.
We are off in a corner of the continent and we are few but that shouldn’t be any reason not to become world class — whether that be personally or as society.
There are plenty of obstacles in our way but that should inspire us to succeed — not make us fearful.
Katelyn Osmond will be representing all Canadians when she steps on the ice in Russia in a couple of weeks, but she will always be special to us.