A fundraising supper was held for Rienna Skelton at the Melita Legion Lounge on Friday, May 24, to help with expenses as she travels to Suva, Fiji to represent Canada at the 2019 Junior World Weightlifting Championships. There were two sittings available for the supper, one at 5:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m., and both sittings were packed with people supporting Rienna and wishing her good luck for her upcoming competition.
Also during supper, there was a short program that included speeches and a short video. Chris Elliott MC’ed the event and gave a short message to Rienna, stating, “Truly you are a role model Rienna. Like it or not, truly you are a metric that inspires those around you to believe; a champion, a coach, you are world class, be proud of that”
Next, Rienna’s younger sister, Courtney Skelton, said a few words, “Rienna is a role model for me, not only in the sport, but in the rest of my life as well. I am so incredibly proud of her and the work that she has put into her training over the last four years. I truly believe she deserves this chance to show off everything she has worked for, and I can’t wait for the day she will be up on the platform giving it her all and representing her country... Rienna, I couldn’t be more proud of you, and couldn’t ask for a better big sister, I am so glad you get to represent our country at such a big event.”
The final speaker for the evening was Nathan Corrigal, who along with his wife Sara, own Southwest Strength where Rienna trains. Nathan spoke about Rienna’s training over the years and the hardwork and long hours she has put in to getting to this point. He said, “I have coached Rienna for fi ve years. I have pretty much seen or written every single training session she has ever done. Over the last fi ve years, we have developed a very close relationship, something I am very grateful for. We can learn a lot from this young lady, people are very quick to say talent, and I am very quick to say work ethic, determination and commitment. If you have goals, learn from Rienna.”
The first sitting of the evening ended with the drawing of a 50/50 and a few prizes. Rienna thanked the crowd for all of the support that she has received from everyone. Good luck in Fiji, Rienna! The community is very proud of you and all that you have accomplished!