Editorial: Hunter Church an excellent role model | Editorials

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Being part of an Olympic team is a rare accomplishment, so it should be fully celebrated.

Such a celebration graced the North Country Olympian Hunter Church last Saturday at Saranac High School and it was a great sight.

Church is a 2015 Saranac grad who competed at the Beijing Olympics last February in the two-man and four-man events.

The Cadyville native finished 13th in the two-man bobsleigh and 10th in the four-man bobsleigh, his specialty.

Although Church did not win a medal, there is still much to celebrate.

As a young boy, he was introduced to the sport of bobsledding in Lake Placid by his family, and he has gone on to a remarkable career ever since.

Church enjoyed international success, winning two bronze medals in events in Europe, and impressed those in her sport with her hard work, determination and love of competition.

At 25 years old, there is no doubt that Church still has a great career ahead of him and the potential for many more great things to accomplish if he continues in the sport of bobsledding.

A modest and polite young man, Church is an excellent role model for young people and he always has time for the children.

One of those times was last Saturday.

To honor Church, an event was organized largely by Saranac educator Jackie Carter to say kudos to Church.

About 40 people showed up to see Church and give him a well-deserved pat on the back. The event featured music, T-shirt cannon, and a slideshow from the Church’s era in China for attendees.

The church also received two awards, one from Clinton County Legislator Patty Waldron (D-Area 6) and the other from State Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake), to congratulate him on his efforts in representing the north of the country. Olympic Games.

“What we’re looking to do is just have a moment where we honor the accomplishment of a kid from Cadyville who went to the Olympics,” Carter said.

“Every human being has a dream, and we have to watch them live theirs. That moment when the thing you’ve worked for all your life happens – we just wanted to acknowledge that.

The church was touched by the celebration.

“Today was amazing. It’s just another example for me that sometimes the result isn’t always what matters,” he said.

“It’s the impact you leave on the community. And to be able to organize an event like this, to see what kind of impact I left, that means a lot.

The church offers children who look up to it a positive message that if they believe in themselves, they can achieve great things.

“I didn’t expect to have this kind of contact with children, but that’s also my goal: to inspire children, not just in this region, but everywhere. You can be anything you want, be able to pursue any goal you want, be able to achieve it hopefully through hard work and determination,” he said. .

Hunter Church, we are happy to have you as our Olympian and such a good role model. We congratulate you and wish you all the best.

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