Glory From Anywhere–Team Canada

The COC ( Canadian Olympic Committee) has a new message Glory From Anywhere. I recently received a press release about this new campaign. Here is the message.

“The COC believes that glory is found in the hearts of those you inspire to change the world,” said Jacquie Ryan, COC’s Chief Brand and Commercial Officer. “We believe motivating generations of Canadians to create positive change is the most important thing we can do, and we began telling that story with our ‘Be Olympic’ brand platform that was launched in 2018. ‘Glory From Anywhere’ demonstrates that the potential for glory exists in all Canadians. 

Jacquie Ryan

“This core message has taken on even greater significance in light of the pandemic. From the bravery and sacrifice of our frontline workers to the determination of Canadians just trying to get by, we are witnessing the power of resilience every day. Our hope is that Canadians will see themselves reflected in this campaign, and realize that glory isn’t restricted by age, history, experience, geography, sexual orientation or a birth certificate. The potential for glory is in all of us.”

Jacquie Ryan

One of the featured athletes is diver Jennifer Abel, Olympic bronze medalist, who has competed in four Olympics.

I started diving when I was five because of my brother, but as soon as I completed my first dive, I knew this was my sport,” recalled Abel. “I have learned over the years that the real goal in sport and in life is to become a better version of yourself. This is what I abide by every day. To me, that is what glory is and what I am embracing as I head to Tokyo to add to my personal best.”

Jennifer Abel.

Another featured athlete is basketball player Kia Nurse.

“Growing up as part of a family of athletes, I’ve learned that glory isn’t just what you do on the court, in the rink or on the field,” said Nurse. “It’s the way you carry yourself after a tough loss or a big win. I’m thrilled to be part of a campaign that both celebrates athletes who lean into these values and recognizes the inspiring Canadians who energize us in our pursuit of glory.”

Kia Nurse

Here is a list of the athletes featured in the Glory From Anywhere campaign.

  • Jennifer Abel (Diving)
  • Félix Auger-Aliassime (Tennis)
  • Ellie Black (Artistic Gymnastics)
  • Andre De Grasse (Athletics)
  • Annie Guglia (Skateboard)
  • Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan (Beach Volleyball)
  • Kia Nurse (Basketball)
  • Skylar Park (Taekwondo)
  • Damian Warner (Athletics)

There are also three people who are not athletes but inspire others to Glory.

Shawn Morris (London, Ont.) decided to become a firefighter after watching the first responders during 9/11. He has spent his career putting his life on the line to save someone else’s. Guided by his desire to help others, Morris proves that glory isn’t only achieved on the podium but is happening all around us every day. 

After surviving sexual assault as a teen, Miranda Kamal (Toronto, Ont.) began boxing to help her through the healing process. Years later, Kamal turned her grief into something incredibly powerful – a volunteer-run boxing gym designed to empower the powerless. By providing free classes for at-risk youth, Kamal proves that glory doesn’t always come in the form of a medal. 

Lee Martin (Sarnia, Ont.) is an elementary school educator who goes above and beyond to teach his students the power of being a global citizen. His passion for change enables him to lead by example, whether it’s working with disadvantaged youth and communities in and around Thunder Bay or driving water and care packages from his class to Flint, Michigan. In 2018, he was recognized by Justin Trudeau and awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM. Today, Martin demonstrates as well as any Olympian that glory is born in the hearts of those you inspire to change the world.

Here is an excellent video showing us how Glory can come From Anywhere. It is only one minute. Take a minute and be inspired!

I train with Belinda Trussell who has ridden, in Dressage for Canada, in two Olympics. I know how much work goes into getting onto the Team and into the competition arena. I know how dedicated she is and how lucky I am to be able to train with her. Belinda also embodies the spirit of Glory From Anywhere.

Belinda rides Anton in the Rio Olympics 2016

17 Comments Add yours

  1. pattimoed says:

    What an inspiring post, Anne! I love how people turned misfortune and tragedy into something positive that helps others. Many thanks for posting this.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Patti.

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  2. J.W.S. says:

    Thank you for sharing this post filled with inspiration.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. The Tokyo Olympics are fraught with difficulty, in my opinion, and so it is nice to see that the Canadian Olympic Committee has found a positive spin they can bring to it all.

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      1. J.W.S. says:

        Yes indeed. Uniting people with a common experience is what the games are all about.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Yes.Sometimes that is forgotten so it is good to remember what the Olympics are meant to be about.

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  3. Michele Lee says:

    What a powerful and motivating message and campaign!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree. Thank you Michele for commenting.

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  4. Great, inspirational, I do love that Amazing people come from all circumstances. Cheers to your coach Belinda, she sounds so sweet & kind on your videos. I think us spring chickens are pretty glorious for even getting up on a horse. lol. Have a beautiful rest of the week.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much. Belinda does her best to be encouraging. But if I am not getting my act together then she will let me know about it . I am glad she is like that. I don’t want to be told something is ok if it is not! Today she was very happy with our lesson and said that age 72 must be agreeing with me.🤣

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  5. David says:

    Inspiration can come from all corners; they need not be of great things or great importance. Before this tour swing, the daughters no did a short seminar for the other riders in their home barn. A couple of juniors were striking out on their first your ever. They asked my girls for advice. “Just be yourself. It’s like any other ride. The ribbons and the winning will take care of themselves.” The latter is a Trish-ism. Ribbons and winning come on their own terms.

    Lee Martin, the science teacher, he’s more into making a difference, which is an entirely different undertaking. Making a difference, it involves taking a lot of risk. And, a lot of times with little to no recognition.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for this comment David. Today I took the “be the best version of yourself” as my inspiration. Had a lesson with Belinda and Biasini was ON FIRE
      Belinda said it was the best she has seen the two of us go in the 7 years since I got him. So that inspiration must have worked. Nice to hear your daughters words of wisdom to the others.

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      1. David says:

        Always good to have an outstanding practice session.

        BTW, the show update coming soon. Just received my new tech replacement today. I pay enough for the service. Next is to see if I can recover the photos on the HDD on the old device. That’ll have to wait when we get back home.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Technology is fabulous when it works and hellish when it does not. I think most of us take it for granted. Reminds me of travelling in the Australian outback and carrying , in our campervan, enough water for two days in case we broke down. The people we were visiting told us that and aboriginal family had perished on their land. They had a dead kangaroo in their car but they left the car and set off on foot. There is no surface water or pools or streams in the center of Australia and they no longer remember their Songlines which would have told them were there might be water underground. They had come to rely on our technology, our cars, and that cost them their lives. I realize that is not what you are dealing with recovering photos. But it reminded me of that Australian story.

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  6. What a neat message. Encouraging all to see the shine in everyone in light of the upcoming Olympics. Nice.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I think the COC has come up with a good message leading up to a controversial and difficult Olympics.

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