Former dash star Bruny Surin thrilled to mentor Canada’s athletes at 2024 Paris Olympics | Globalnews.ca

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2022-05-06 21:08:21

Former dash star Bruny Surin drew inspiration from Canadian athletes on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Canada climbed the rostrum 24 instances in Tokyo to complete eleventh in complete medals, regardless of going through among the tightest COVID-19 restrictions in prior months of any nation competing. And the pandemic meant no followers have been permitted in Tokyo.

“The athletes actually confirmed they’re resilient,” he stated.

Surin, who was a part of Canada’s 4×100-metre relay group that raced to gold on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was named the Canadian group’s chef de mission for the 2024 Paris Olympics on Friday, and replicate on the distinctive Video games final summer season.

The 54-year-old labored as an analyst for the lads’s 100 metres as a part of the French TV broadcast, and went to Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium the day earlier than the ultimate.

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“I believed, oh my god, that is going to be loopy. No spectators, and the atmosphere goes to be so dangerous,” stated Surin, who was additionally in Tokyo in a job with sponsor Hudson’s Bay Firm.

“After which I witnessed world data, and likewise seeing Andre (De Grasse) win bronze within the 100 metres with a P.B. (private greatest), gold within the 200? That reveals us though there was an enormous drawback with COVID, the athletes confirmed that sure, we will get by means of it, and that was an enormous inspiration for all folks, and gave us braveness to maneuver ahead.”

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The chef de mission, or “head of mission,” is an envoy for all the group main into and through the Video games. Surin is worked up to assist information Canada’s athletes.

“Since my retirement, I at all times stated to myself that I’d prefer to work with athletes, to share expertise with athletes, to play the position as a mentor to athletes, to the subsequent technology,” Surin instructed The Canadian Press. “And I at all times need to be concerned within the Olympic motion. Having this chance, and to me it’s like an enormous present, and I’m actually wanting ahead to working with the athletes and the COC (Canadian Olympic Committee).”

The 54-year-old is certainly one of Canada’s most embellished sprinters, profitable two world 4×100 titles, plus world silver within the 100 metres in 1995 and ’99. He additionally has two world indoor titles within the 60 metres in 1993 in Toronto and 1995.

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Surin nonetheless co-holds the Canadian 100-metre report of 9.84 seconds with Donovan Bailey.

Surin is a four-time Olympian making his debut as an extended jumper in 1988. Since retiring quickly after the 2000 Sydney Video games, he’s barely missed a beat, working each Olympics since as a broadcaster.


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Surin, who was born in Cap-Haitien, a small Haitian metropolis, and moved along with his household to Montreal when he was seven years outdated, was Canada’s chef de mission on the 2018 World Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

“I actually beloved it, and I instructed the COC that was one thing I’d love to do (once more) sooner or later, and the event got here, and I used to be leaping within the air,” Surin stated with amusing.

Surin stated he’s excited to have a few years to cheer on athletes, not solely in observe and subject.

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“I instructed the COC I need to go to all of the competitions, I need to be taught concerning the athletes and be with them by means of Paris, and it’s an enormous privilege to be part of that any further,” he stated.

As soon as a job given to Canadian sport directors, the volunteer chef de mission place is now crammed by former Olympic athletes. Canadian speedskater Catriona Le Might Doan was Canada’s chef on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, whereas rower Marnie McBean held the place on the 2021 Tokyo Video games.

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Earlier cooks embody bicycle owner Curt Harnett (2016), skier Steve Podborski (2014), swimmer Mark Tewksbury (2012), speedskater Nathalie Lambert (2010) and diver Sylvie Bernier (2008).

Along with mentorship, the chef de mission offers with Canadian group points that may erupt right into a firestorm. McBean guided the group by means of one of many rockiest instances in Olympic historical past, after the Video games have been postponed a yr as a result of pandemic.

Surin stated he’s eager to succeed in out to the earlier cooks for suggestions.

The member of Canada’s Sports activities Corridor of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Corridor of Fame and Quebec’s Sports activities Corridor of Fame has remained lively in sports activities. He has his personal basis, clothes line, and enterprise as a company team-builder. His Bruny Surin Basis to assist promote wholesome and lively life-style to younger, has awarded $20,000 in scholarships yearly to scholar athletes.

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The COC stated he was chosen not just for his accomplishments on the observe, however as a philanthropist, motivational speaker and position mannequin for younger athletes.

“From his unbelievable athletic achievements to his distinctive work locally, Bruny is a real ambassador for sport. His infectious ardour for sport and teamwork will serve him effectively in his position as Chef de Mission,” four-time Olympian and COC president Tricia Smith stated.

Surin was additionally a sports activities dad. His daughter Katherine was certainly one of Canada’s prime 400-metre runners, narrowly lacking a spot on the group for Tokyo. She’s finishing her MBA at Laval College., Kimberley Ann, one other daughter, was a tennis participant and is now a documentary filmmaker.

The Paris Olympics are July 26 to Aug. 11.

© 2022 The Canadian Press


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