Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, I rise today to congratulate the Cape Breton Capers soccer team for their win on November 12 at the 2023 U Sports Men’s Soccer Championship. They claimed the Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy on their home field, where the tournament took place. This was the second time that they have taken home the trophy, having won the championship in 2017 as well. They faced off against the Montreal Carabins in the final match.
Honourable senators, to win a championship is always a great achievement, but there is something very special about doing it on home turf. The outpouring of energy is quite something. There was a huge crowd in Cape Breton supporting the Capers, including over 100 alumni from six different countries, as well as over 60 of the team’s family members who showed up to watch them play. I can imagine how proud they must have been to have such a great turnout, and to be able to celebrate such a win in front of family and friends on their home field.
For any such event, there is also quite an impact on the community. The tournament organizers demonstrated and promoted Cape Breton hospitality to the visiting teams. This was also an opportunity to promote the sport of soccer within the local community. The university and the team worked with local schools so that 600 children could attend their early games. It is inspiring for youth to see this level of sport, as well as the work, speed and skill of the athletes. Sports can certainly inspire people and communities, and this is indeed another source of pride for Cape Bretoners.
Once again, my congratulations to the Cape Breton Capers and to their coach, Deano Morley, along with his staff, on their phenomenal win. Thank you.