The ‘ahhs’ were palpable as the 110-year-old trophy was lifted from its protective case in front of students at Airport Elementary School Thursday in Comox.
Thanks to the Canada Company organization, the Canadian Football League’s championship trophy – the Grey Cup – made its way across CFB Comox and stopped by the elementary school. Officials with the Canadian Football Hall of Fame & Museum were on hand to share stories of the military links and history of the cup.
Grade 7 students Ava Ethier and Derek Smith were chosen to hold the cup in front of their peers in the school’s gymnasium.
“It was cool – it was a good feeling,” explained Smith. “It was 34 pounds but two people holding it made it kind of easy.”
Ethier said she was worried her hand was going to slip, “so I was trying to hang on as hard as I could.”
While not regular CFL fans, the pair admitted they may just both be watching the Grey Cup this year.
Diane McCurdy, Hon.-Col. for 442 Search and Rescue Squadron, explained her role is to be a liaison between the military and community.
“Having the cup here on the base has been so exciting. Sport is engaging, and the military all know about teamwork and being together – they do it in every way and every capacity.”