McDonald’s sent 100 children from 20 countries around the world, including five Canadians, to participate in the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, through its Olympics Kids program.
The children accompanied a flag bearer during the Parade of Nations, walking in front of 80,000 live spectators and billions of television viewers. The Canadian participants were Carter Morrison of Carlyle, Sask., Ryker Pearson of Mayerthorpe, Alta., Kailah Tetrault of Hamilton, Jacob Comtois of Trois Rivières, Que., and Rebekah Winsor of Little St. Lawrence, N.L.
They and their U.S. counterparts were selected by Ronald McDonald House Charities for overcoming great adversity.
Also joining the McDonald’s Olympics Kids program to serve as athlete ambassadors are children of Olympic gold medal winners, including the son of gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, the daughter of swimmer Dara Torres, the son and daughter of soccer player Julie Foudy, the daughter of swimmer Susie O’Neill, the son of judo athlete Tadahiro Nomura and the daughter of volleyball player Dante Guimarães Santos do Amaral.