Fri, September 20, 2013

Boy gives medal to Canadian Olympic relay team

By QMI Agency


Canada's Olympic relay runner Justyn Warner (right) is consoled by fiancee and Olympic hurdler Nikkita Holder, after being disqualified from the men's 4x100m relay final at the London Games. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)


A Newfoundland and Labrador boy is tugging at the nation's heartstrings for giving his Timbits soccer medal to the Canadian relay team denied bronze at the London Olympics after sprinter Justyn Warner tweeted a photo of the letter that went with the medal.

Ten-year-old Elijah Porter posted the letter to the 4x100m relay runners on his Twitter account Tuesday where it caught the eye of the team, including Warner who retweeted it to his thousands of followers.

Werner tweeted the team is looking at doing something special for the boy.

"When I heard what happened on Aug. 11, I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right," Porter wrote, with a photo of his medal below.

"We're Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn't stop us from living in the north. We didn't lose the War of 1812. We adapt and survive."

Porter said he wants to become a biologist when he's older and pledges to help out the athletes -- if he makes piles of loot.

"If I get rich, and, if I remember, I will donate money to the summer and winter Canadian Olympians."