Cheers and tears for Richmond elementary relay runners

It’s not unknown to hear encouragement emanating from parents in the bleachers at an elementary school track meet.

But, according to one parent, there was an especially loud cheer last Tuesday at Minoru Track, during the meeting of Bridge, Blundell, Thomas Kidd, Kingswood, Navegateurs, McKinney and Gilmore elementaries.

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The cause of the cheering, and reportedly a few tears as well, was the sight of two friends – one of whom was in a wheelchair – competing together as one runner in the final leg of the 4x100m relay.

The pair of boys, said Kim Nowitsky, who was there to cheer on her own kids, are understood to be from Blundell elementary.

“I think these two got the loudest cheers of the whole day,” Nowitsky told the Richmond News.

“Their faces were filled with pure happiness as they raced together. I know I got teary watching the two friends race together.”

An earlier post on Facebook by Nowitsky read, “True sportsmanship involves inclusion. Today in Richmond, a friend helped a friend race across the finish line. Smiles from ear to ear! Inclusion matters.”


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