Our hearts are pounding with the news Newfoundland's Kaetlyn Osmond, the darling of the Burin Peninsula, and indeed of all Canada, has won silver at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. It's like a fairy tale come true.
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But, the joy of victory doesn't come cheap. One has to wonder how much it cost young Kaetlyn to reach the podium, where that silver medal will be placed around her neck? And, what sort of drain all of it is for the family?
Kaetlyn, like other Olympians everywhere, has to rely on sponsors and local fundraisers, and of course family support to follow her Olympic ambitions.
One can only imagine her training expenses, travel and equipment costs, skates, costumes and many other incidental needs all of which are extremely expensive. I wonder how much one pair of figure skates of her choice cost? Obviously, she must have a number of pairs.
Asking people to help fund her dream, no doubt, is humbling for Kaetlyn. But, don't tell that to the hundreds of supporters who came forth with a passion and with financial donations to send her on her way. They will be there in thousands for her return.
It makes me wonder? Why doesn't government cover these costs, especially for Olympic contenders? Why is there no provincial-federal arrangement?
We are a wealthy province and a wealthy nation. So much is wasted on crazy schemes and ridiculously expensive useless programs we could all do without.
Kaetlyn Osmond is our pride and joy. She will be greeted like a rock star on her return. I can't wait to see it. But, will the premier have a cheque for her, or will the prime minister take care of some of her expenses?
Will ice on the gullies last until July?
— Bill Westcott is a resident of Clarke's Beach