Bell's golden moment
CANADA WIN GOLD
MEDAL IN CURLING
|By JIM MILLER
Don Bell is on top of the world.
Don Bell of Point Edward shows off a handcrafted glass rock and Scottish tartan after returning home with a gold medal at the World Wheelchair Curling championships in Scotland. Bell helped the Canadian team win a gold medal.
|Bell was scheduled to return to the Chris Hatfield Airport on Monday night where his son had invited many of his friends to attend. Bad weather in England forced his travel plans to be altered. He managed to find his way to London, Ontario and was picked up by his family there to return home at 3 a.m. on Tuesday.
"Our team celebrated with a bottle of champagne because our goal there was to do better than last year. We didn't go there expecting to win because we knew how tough the competition was. Once we won, I wanted to phone home. I wanted to tell my wife and then my kids, because I knew they were behind me. I also appreciated the support of all the people in Point Edward and Sarnia who backed me up and who believed in me."
Bell said the rink plans on staying together for the next few years in preparation for the World championships in Italy in 2005
|which is a prelude to the Paralympics. Makin the Parlympics is the ultimate goal for them.
Next year's world championship is in Switzerland.
"The hospitality was overwhelming. The people of Scotland treated us like gold. It's great being a Canadian. We were so well received. We had our own driver and our own mini-bus ....they took us all over the place."
(From Sports section Feb. 5, 2003 as published in The Observer)
(photo by Nora Penhale of The Observer)
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