There are 10,500 competitors here, and just 301 medal ceremonies, so the definition of success depends on the athlete. Trevor Stewardson, a 26-year-old light-heavy-weight boxer who mounted a legal battle to make the Canadian team, won his first match but lost against Ahmed Ismail of Egypt. To train, he’d moved to Medicine Hat, Alta., 18 months ago, leaving his wife and two young sons behind in Thunder Bay, Ont. His commitment impressed Eldon Wells, his boss at the Allniter gas station, who continued to pay Stewardson’s full salary even when the fighter had to be away competing or was spending more time at the gym. Dozens of other people and businesses in Medicine Hat contributed money. Stewardson will go back home to his family after the Games, but he will be eternally grateful for the help he received out West. “We wanted to teach our kids that dreams are meant to come true,” he says. “I’ve been living mine.”
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