This is how you leave your mark on people

Tony Saxon /

On Monday evening, as the Guelph Storm rally in Market Square wound down, I had a flashback.

Many moons ago I was covering a llow-level high school track and field meet at St. James high school.

It was a senior girls distance race where three very talented runners from Our Lady of Lourdes were the first three to cross the line, way ahead of most.

After taking a quick moment to catch their breath, the three Lourdes runners wandered back to the finish line and proceeded to cheer, encourage and high-five the rest of the runners as they crossed the line, some of them lapped, some of them walking at times. All of them smiling as the best in the race took the time and effort to acknowledge them.

I don’t remember much from my years of covering sports in Guelph, particularly high school sports, but I have always remembered that moment. It showed a lot of things. Most of all a level or respect and a level of compassion.

Back to Monday’s Storm rally.

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