My Town Monday and the Fifa 2010 World Cup of Soccer - the Winnipeg Connection

No, my town, Winnipeg, doesn't have one of our fine athletes playing for one of the national teams over in South Africa. Some day though, we will, because we have a thriving youth soccer scene.

But we have two thrilling connections, none-the-less.

The first is Hector Vergara who is one of the refs. Hector actually went to the same high school as me - albeit a decade later. At a soccer awards banquet I once heard him deliver a soul-inspiring talk about how hard work can make dreams come true. He's an awesome example of this. Born in Chile, he's now officiating at his third world cup - which is quite an achievement. Being a ref at a soccer game is a very tough job. And it's the kind of job that only gets noticed when you mess up. So congrats to Hector, you make Winnipeg proud. He worked the Portugal/Brazil game last Friday and more games will depend on the evaluation of that game. It's a tough, tough field.

Winnipeg’s Hector Vergara is thrilled to be reffing at his third World Cup.
(Photo from the Associated Press Archives)

Then there's another quiet, mostly unnoticed, but extremely important Winnipeg connection to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. I'll give you a clue: it's green. No, not the Portugal jerseys. It's the grass. The grass seed was supplied by a local Winnipeg company called Pickseed Canada. Read more about it here.

Soccer Ball On The Grass

So, go teams, go. No matter who you're cheering for (I was thrilled with Germany's Sunday win over England) remember that my town of Winnipeg is right in there, supporting them all!


Travis Erwin said...

Perhaps the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Welcome to the MTM gang. Hope you join us again.

Barbara Martin said...

Pickseed Canada distributes their seed all across the country and worldwide. I knew a horse stable owner who ordered seed from them to thicken the grass in his paddocks.

Gabriele Goldstone said...

Interesting, Barb. I know there's another Winnipeg company who supplied the grass seed for the Olympics in China - so they must be very competitive.

Barrie said...

What a great post, Gabe! Go Winnipeg!!!

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