“I rise today to honour a great Olympic athlete from my riding.
Erica Wiebe is an Olympic champion who won the gold medal in women’s wrestling in Rio de Janeiro a few weeks ago.
I’m proud of her achievement and I’m proud that she’s from Stittsville in my riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills.
Erica follows in the footsteps of other great Canadian athletes: two-time Olympic medalist Carol Huynh, who won Canada’s first-ever gold medal in women’s wrestling at Beijing; and Tonya Verbeek, who took two silvers and a bronze, also in women’s wrestling, at three different Olympics.
Sport contributes so much to Canadian society. They encourage physical fitness, strength, and good health. They also promote important social skills, such as team-work and unity.
Sport teaches us a healthy spirit of rivalry, and to be gracious in both defeat and victory. It teaches self-discipline, and a respect for the rules of the game. And it is a great source of civic pride in Ontario.
Team spirit is at the foundation of good citizenship. To paraphrase Edmund Burke, being part of a team teaches us to love our society, our country, and our fellow citizens.
In life, we all try to play to our strengths. We try to use our individual talents to the fullest: society thrives when we all do so for the common good. This is what sport teaches us.
So I hope you will all join me in saluting the great Olympic gold-medal victory of Erica Wiebe!”