Hamilton sports ambassador Cecilia Carter-Smith was in the front row
of the press stand facing City Hall as Igor Astarloa
was proclaimed world champion of men's road cycling on Sunday.
With Canadian flags painted on both cheeks and wearing a
Maple Leaf flag like a cape, Carter-Smith whooped and hollered
and high-fived Heritage Canada's Vanessa Pyrca as the leaders crossed
the finish line.
"Omigosh, world champion, it gives me goose bumps," she said
as Astarloa's victory was announced.
Carter-Smith, who set a world track record in 1966, knows
what it is like to be an athlete competing at
the highest levels.
And as a volunteer who worked hard to make the
2003 Road World Cycling Championships a success for Hamilton, she
was savouring a victory shared by others on the race
Carter-Smith, a Spectator sports columnist and member of Hamilton's 2010
Commonwealth Games bid corporation, said that she was sure the
smooth running of the cycling races would help Hamilton when
it goes up against New Delhi in the competition to
be host city next month.
"I'm so pumped," she said. "We made a statement about
Hamilton today and this whole week. Source.