Connie Mah is a particularly proud parent. That's because her son Ryan, who attends Oppenheimer Elementary, is one of 11 boys and 1 girl who advanced to the World Little League Championships in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in mid-August after winning the Canadian title in Valleyfield, Quebec.
Mah's team, the South Vancouver All Stars, represented Canada valiantly taking on Mexico, Latin America and US South East during a series of games at the tournament. Following the games, the team was celebrated at a Blue Jays game in Toronto and then again at the end of August at home in Vancouver at a Canadians game.
Mah's mother says seeing her son decked out in Team Canada gear was a particularly emotional time.
"I've always seen him in the South Vancouver uniform so when I saw him walking onto the field wearing the Team Canada uniform it was as if he went from being my little boy into this young man," she says. "It was amazing! You can see the kids in the uniform standing straighter and so proud to be representing Canada. I don't think I stopped taking photos or smiling while we were at Williamsport!"
Mah says Ryan got to where he is thanks to constant hard work. His willingness to listen to his coaches and never complain combined with his enjoyment of spending time with everyone on the team has also helped him thrive with his South Van club.
"I am so proud of him. He has worked hard and still had fun during this journey to the World Series. His younger brother looks up to him and I couldn't ask for a better role model," says Mah.