Shock. Stunned. Heartbroken. Numb. There is not even the right word to describe the pins and needles feeling that takes over the entire body of a sports fan, whose team has just lost. The rush of emotions that includes sorrow, and often anger.
National pride in Canada is often showcased at its best through sports. Canadians are mostly easy-going with regards to many issues, but start talking about sports and the Canadian sports fan will show you some passion. They are not afraid to shed a tear after a loss and will cheer and chant proudly after their country’s win!
We were proud to be among over fifty thousand fans, most of them there to support their home country of Canada, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter finals in Vancouver in June. Our bodies swelled with pride, despite the loss to the National Team from England.
While the Canadians collapsed to the turf in exhaustion, in tears, and in anguish, the English celebrated to a stunned crowd and only a few hundred cheering fans. Their shouts of joy couldn’t be heard, as the ringing in the ears of the shocked crowd, stared at the turf in front of them. But there is something amazing about Canadians, and we were lucky enough to bear witness to it on that day in BC Place Stadium.
Raimo and I have always loved watching sports. We traveld to watch the Men”™s national soccer team play Brazil in Seattle which ended in a 6-5 win for the Brazilians. We were fortunate enough to win the lottery for the Men”™s Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Game in Vancouver, and got to watch the Canadian Men beat their USA rivals on home soil. We have gone the Las Vegas to attend the NHL Awards for hockey. We love watching sports on TV. Its something we enjoy; we love cheering when our team wins, and we are disappointed with each loss. When the FIFA Women”™s World Cup came to Canada, it was just natural as a Canadian sports fan, that we would go to a game. I chose the Semi Final in Vancouver and as I read the schedule backwards, there was a chance that we would see Canada! We were in luck. Canada would face off against England.
Unfortunately, it was not the result that the fans wanted, but instead of moping their way out of the stands (as you see after MOST home team losses in professional sports), while the 11 women on the field collapsed to the ground, the cheers started.
“Canada, Canada, CANADA”
Every Canadian sports fan in the stadium stood in their seats cheering in unison for our team, despite just witnessing the heartbreaking loss. The stands didn’t empty. The fans didn’t want to go home. Was it shock, I’m not sure. We wanted more. We didn’t want to admit defeat for those 11 ladies who played their hearts out. So we cheered.
Writing this brings tears to my eyes, pain in my head and a knot in the pit of my stomach. The anguish of defeat still fresh in my mind as if it was yesterday and the pride I felt to be among mt fellow Canadians as we brought those women to their feet!
“Canada, Canada, CANADA”
Wherever we may travel, I will always be proud to wear a maple leaf on my pack, proud to support my country in sport, and proud to be a Canadian.
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Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.