Victor Daigle loves cross-country skiing. Strong, fit, and skilled, he excelled at it. In any race he entered, you could always find his name at or near the top of the results. Friendly, and quick with a smile, I originally met him when we were both members of the Calgary Ski Club.
I was privileged to be invited to make a lap around the nordic centre with him today. I’m unable to ski right now, but I was pleased to be there anyway, alongside about two dozen of his ski friends, to join him as he gathered all his strength to ski about 200 metres in front of the daylodge.
He asked me to remind everyone to live your life to the fullest every minute, and never miss a day of skiing. Victor has terminal lymphoma and took his skis off for the last time today.
It was about the nicest day I’ve ever seen at the Canmore Nordic Centre with a cheery blue sky dotted with puffy clouds, a bright winter sun, and nice cold snow.