Last Saturday, I had the amazing opportunity to meet the reigning Canadian National Mens Figure Skating Champion…Patrick Chan! But how, you ask?
He had a fundraiser dinner event on January 29th at a local chinese restaurant, hosted by the 4th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention Canada Founding & Development Society. My family doctor happens to be one of the organizers for the event, and my family bought a table of 10 through her.
When we got there initially, I found it hard to believe that Patrick Chan, world-class figure skater, was in the same room as I was. But I wasn’t nervous at all to meet him. I was quite excited, in fact. At the time, I thought to myself, “Gee, if I’m not nervous, everything should go well.”
The funny thing is, all of Saturday night and Sunday, I’ve had this feeling of regret that I didn’t say the things I wanted to say to him. And that he probably thinks I’m dim and immature. But then I started to have a good laugh about it, so I decided to put together the dialogue between myself and Patrick: what I did say, what he said, and what I should’ve said.
Here are pictures of my gift to him – it’s a pair of miniature Canada-themed paper-clip ice skates. I must credit inkyrat for the pattern, and I took some creative freedom with the rest of the design and colour scheme.
So everyone…the lesson of the day is: before you meet your idol irl, prepare so you don’t say things on a whim that make you sound dumb. sigh.
But still, it was a super awesome night. I felt a little bad for Patrick though, his eyes must have really hurt and mouth stiff from smiling and getting camera-flashed at about 500 times that night. He was such a good sport about it all, and I’m so happy I got a few pictures with him. I also purchased a stuffed bird from this silent auction! The collection of stuffed toys up for auction were from the most recent competition, when his fans threw them onto the ice for him. But as you can imagine, Patrick gets tons of these and cannot possibly take them all home. So he usually donates them to children in hospitals, but he put a few up for the silent auction on his fundraiser event. I even got it autographed! 🙂
With all that said, I am so honoured to have had the opportunity to meet Patrick Chan. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to express myself as well as I know I can, and hopefully I will have another chance to chat with him again.
I wish him the best of luck in March at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo, where he will be representing Canada. And we are all so proud of him already – can we get any prouder? 😛