First of all – I want to apologize for the lack of updates in the past while. I have been extremely busy and I hope to be able to update you on the various activities that I have taken part in, and what has been going in my life.
The most important was the birth of my daughter, Greta Munro Le May Doan – one and a half years ago! I can’t believe how the time has flown by and she amazes me every day by the new things she learns. She has been able to travel with me quite a bit, and has even been overseas to see family in Scotland! Greta has been walking since just before she turned eleven months and is talking a lot as well. She is such fun and I can’t imagine life without her. Even if I am tired or stressed, she has a way of making me laugh (and she loves to laugh as well).
I have been busy with public speaking which I am really enjoying. I get to meet so many new people and I hopefully inspire them in some way to deal with their situations in work, sport, or family, or at least help them to keep pursuing their dreams. I have continued to have the support of various sponsors and I have been able to be with them at occasional conferences and have even been able to go south and enjoy the sunshine with them. Their support of my sporting dreams has been greatly appreciated.
I was part of the Vancouver 2010 bid team that presented to the IOC in Prague in July of 2003, and have since been on the board of VANOC. It has been a really interesting process and I am learning a lot and appreciating how much excitement there is in this great country of ours for the Games, for sport, and ultimately for the athletes of the future to be able to realize their dreams. I recently hosted the live show for the unveiling of the new 2010 logo which was very exciting.
The Olympic Oval in Calgary has been a huge part of my life for many years – I spent so much time there that I married someone who worked there! A few months ago I accepted a part time position at the Oval as Olympic Oval liaison. I am enjoying working with the team and learning all about how the four sports (long track speed skating, short track speed skating, female hockey, and cycling) are working together and how great the programs at the Oval are.
One of the most important roles that I have as an athlete in this country is to give back to the community. I had lent my name to various charities over the years, but now that I am retired, I am very excited to give time, energy, and passion to these charities as well. I had the opportunity in December of 2004 to go to Tanzania with Right to Play. I learned about RTP and the programs that they implement. I was in orphanages, schools, communities playing with kids and teaching kids about sport and health education. It was an extremely inspiring trip.
I have spent so many years of my life competing in sport and doing what I love. In November I was honored twice for my sporting accomplishments and community involvement. I was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted along with other amazing Canadian athletes and builders. It was quite special to be inducted at the same time as the 1972 Team Canada hockey team. Even though I don’t remember them playing (I was one at the time), I do know the impact that their victory has had on our country for decades.
I believe that the biggest honor in our country is to be recognized by others not for the work that others see, but for the work that you do for the good of others. I was named an Officer of the Order of Canada on November 18, 2005. The medal was awarded at Rideau Hall by the newly appointed Governor General Michaëlle Jean. It was a beautiful ceremony that honored 43 recipients. I was awed by the people that were honored and all that they have given to Canada in order to better the areas of our society.
To all of you, I thank you for your continued support.
Catriona Le May Doan