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Athletics has begun! Canada had 2 out of 3 athletes advance to semi-finals at the track this morning. The schedule is basically at the track in the morning 9 to noon, a break from then until 5 and continue on until 9 or 10.
RAIN - yes, it rained last night and this morning. Not only rain, but thunder and lightening!! It woke most of us up in the night and continued on until mid-morning. No rowing due to the lightening! They gave out rain jacket poncho things to everyone, so we were ok.
I've been sitting here pondering how I will write about the Opening Ceremonies... It's not easy putting it to words. I've been involved in other games before and I have marched for my country, but I am a rookie at the Paralympics.
In a piece in the NY Times, Alan Schwarz look at Paralympian Tony Iniguez who is competing for the US in Beijing and also suing the USOC for discrimination over how it provides less equitable funding for disabled athletes than for their able bodied counterparts.
Gary Kingston in today's Vancouver Sun has a look at the 4 BC members of Canada's Wheelchair Rugby Team at the Bejing Paralympics with a special profile on Surrey's Say Luangkhamdeng. "The physical nature, the speed, everything about it was exciting," Luangkhamdeng, a 31-year-old Surrey resident, said of the violent
Haze is the sky of today in Beijing! Still hot, but no clear blue sky for the day of opening ceremonies. The Village is in lock down today, with no guests allowed. Most of the athletes are staying in, with only a few training venues open until noon.
It has occurred to me that my blogs so far have been only about the 'fun stuff' and outings I've done. I didn't think you would all want to hear about the 'work' part. I say 'work' because for me it's all pretty fun and I thoroughly enjoy helping these athletes...
Another beautiful day in Beijing starting with a quick athletics meeting followed by a nice jog. I went to the recreation area 1 km jogging track, which is in a lovely wooded area. The woods are not thick, but sparsely planted. It still makes it much cooler than in the sun!
Well tonight was the official welcome ceremony for Canada here in the Paralympic Village.
And the sun had returned this morning but the clouds are moving in as the day progresses. It is still quite hot, but I am not complaining! The day is going well, starting with a quick athletics meeting at 7:30. After that I went for an hour swim.

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