It gets better.
Mounties from the Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, and UBC detachments, as well as officers from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the gang-fighting Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit came together to talk about being openly gay while in the RCMP.
I will not let it beat me. …I still have the same mindset as before. I still want to play college (football), I still want to make Team Canada (for ball hockey). I still want to accomplish anything. Nothing is going to change.
“I didn’t ever think we’d wind up going to the same school,” says Ambrose of joining her sister, a sophomore, at Santa Clara University. “But when I visited my sister, and saw everything, I was like ‘OK, I want to go here.’ It was California. It was kind of like my fit.”
In the opening round of the Subway Bowl playoffs at B.C. Place Stadium on Nov. 11, Messenger and 18 other members of the team became trapped in one of the building’s elevators for almost two hours.
When the players were finally extricated, every one received medical clearance to play except for Messenger, whose blood pressure was judged to be too high. So as the game started, he was taken to St. Paul’s Hospital for further evaluation.
Late in the first quarter, with score knotted at 0-0, he came running through a tunnel and onto the field to join his teammates.
“It was like a movie,” Tweedsmuir head coach Kurt Thornton would say afterwards of Messenger, who not only passed for 1,204 yards and 13 scores this season, but also rushed for 1,202 yards and 17 more touchdowns. “Star player goes to the hospital, sees the doctors, then rushes into the game. You can’t make this stuff up.”
“We see him as a big time power forward,” said Tech assistant coach Bill Muckalt, also a Surrey native and a former Vancouver Canuck. “He skates really well, very good down low, strong on the puck, has good vision and great offensive instincts. I think he has a lot of potential to be a pro hockey player.”
Metta World Peace, the L.A. Lakers basketball star formerly known as Ron Artest, makes a visit to the Downtown Eastside and a Surrey youth centre to talk about his troubled upbringing and offer a message of inspiration.—