Aurelie Rivard won gold and set a world record early in our coverage of the Paralympics and whether I knew it or not it was something I had always dreamed of seeing live.
I not only got to see the race, I was able to watch the medal ceremony and the amazing moment that followed.
While she waited the climb on top of the podium she was crying, smiling, and searching the crowd for her family, and it was everything I love about sports.
Now look, I understand that this should be Rivard’s moment but I found myself experiencing a dream I didn’t know I had coming true.
As Rivard stepped up on that podium, I realized I had earned a small victory of my own.
I put aside my fears and my insecurities and I did what would make me happy. I talked to strangers. It used to be my version of hell and when I decided to join this program I had to make a tough decision, get over it or hide. I decided to try and get over it.
It wasn’t easy and I am far from done but I have gotten over a lot of it and been able to learn how to write better, interview better, and simply be better.
#teamcanada is here to support their own as Day 2 finals kick off. #parabrazil16 #rio2016 #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/2jaXzomwIG
— Holly McNeill (@Wally_Holly15) September 9, 2016
So as I watched the incredible 20-year-old swimmer step up and sing along with our national anthem I allowed myself a moment of congratulations.