Dylan Johnston (left) with Canadian Olympic fencing athlete Philippe Beaudry at the Olympics in London

Vernon resident lends a hand at Olympics

He may not be competing in the Olympics, but Dylan Johnston is currently experiencing a golden opportunity in London.

He may not be competing in the Olympics, but Dylan Johnston is currently experiencing a golden opportunity in London.

The Vernon resident is currently in London working at the Canada Olympic House in guests services, most of whom are representatives from government and athletic committees, sponsors, friends and families of the athletes, and sometimes even the athletes themselves.

And whether it’s the Olympic atmosphere or a typical Canadian attitude, Johnston has noticed a friendliness amongst guests.

“The guests from all over Canada greet each other as long-time friends, despite the fact that they may be meeting for the first time – this is the concept that really summarizes the Canada Olympic House,” said Johnston via e-mail from London.

Johnston may not be taking in the events first-hand but the atmosphere is more than enough to make his Olympic experience memorable.

“One of the great benefits of being a part of the Canadian Olympic House is the atmosphere of the building itself. London is crowded with giddy foreigners visiting for the Olympics and is in great spirits. People fraternize and cheer in the streets and at the venues,” said Johnston.

Even the train ride into the city from his home in Surrey (near London) is a highlight for Johnston.

“It takes about an hour but is amazing to see the contrast between the vibrant, loud and busy city of London and the relative quaintness of the countryside where they are celebrating, just not whooping in the streets,” said Johnston.

But even the unique train ride didn’t compare to his experience at Canada House during the opening ceremonies.

“The main hall of the Olympic House was full with hundreds of Canadians going nearly ballistic with the rabid waving of flags and chants. ‘This is our house! This is our house!’ The crowd chanted, of course announcing the ‘ou’ as an ‘oo,’ and sounding more like ‘this is our hoose!’” said Johnston.

It’s likely Johnston will be hearing those chants or similar ones throughout the remainder of the Olympics, something he’s looking forward to and maybe even join in on.

“I get to be a part of the crowd cheering on Canada from its hub abroad as well as to further help by being a part of the Olympic success with my small job,” said Johnston.

“I’m excited to return each day to experience the atmosphere and feel the explosion when we win a gold medal.”



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Miners dig up services of Vernon player

Ontario’s Red Lake Miners Junior A hockey club ink North Okanagan Knights forward Nic Bolin

UPDATE: Missing Kelowna teen located

Police are still looking to speak with the unidentified man she was spotted with

Vernon officer returns soccer ball and boy’s smile

RCMP officer retrieves errant soccer ball, returns it to five-year-old with cruiser lights flashing

Former Vernon psychologist disciplined

Complaint filed against Dr. Kevin Miller over conduct in context of treatment provided to client

Queen Silver Star tradition upheld despite COVID-19

Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Armstrong and Enderby youth can apply

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

No new COVID-19 cases in Kelowna over the weekend

Kelowna has nine of the Interior Health region’s 13 active cases

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

West Kelowna woman upset with RCMP response to street brawl

A physical altercation between a group of teens and a group of adults erupted on a West Kelowna street Sunday evening

Kelowna real estate agent fined $6,500 for ‘misleading’ website

The website listed several services its owner was not licensed to provide

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

$45K in donations received after couple’s sudden death in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

Most Read