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Weaver Celebrates Special Win

Published: March 31, 2013 1:44 pm ET

Last Comment: April 1, 2013 1:12 am ET | 8 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

After receiving exactly what she wanted for Christmas, Sydney Weaver's gift racehorse gave her another special holiday celebration.

On Saturday at Flamboro Downs, Bob McClure guided Sydney Seelster to her first seasonal win with a solid 1:59.4 score. Jody Howard trains the five-year-old Camluck mare for Kowalski and Weaver.

Weaver, one of harness racing’s biggest fans, only wanted for Christmas was a racehorse. The 12-year-old resident of Acton, Ont. has immersed herself in harness racing the past few years, attending the races at tracks throughout the province and making friends with many of the sport’s participants. Kowalski, a friend of the Weavers and a longtime horse owner, made Sydney’s wish come true.

Kowalski claimed Sydney Seelster on Sunday, December 23 at Flamboro Downs then arranged for the Weaver family --- Sydney, Don and his wife, Lisa --- to meet him on Christmas morning at the Campbellville Training Centre with a wrapped gift for Sydney: a plaqued photo of Sydney Seelster that had an engraving which named Sydney as co-owner.

“She was in awe,” said Kowalski, noting that Sydney spent most of her Christmas morning brushing and grooming her new mare. “She was a good investment for me and she’ll be great for Sydney.”

Despite being in a wheelchair, Sydney knows no boundaries. Along with her parents, she can be found at racetracks throughout the province on major events days and any given day. At the 2012 O'Brien Awards, Sydney Weaver was named as the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club Ambassador for her can-do attitude, caring nature and unflinching enthusiasm for the sport that have endeared her to legions of Ontario harness racing participants over the past couple of years.

April 1, 2013 - 1:12 amAwesome story and great

Awesome story and great gesture....Continued good luck guys!

March 31, 2013 - 8:01 pmCEASAR, myself, and Jim Makey

CEASAR, myself, and Jim Makey am, and would be very proud of what you did. You are A very Classy GUY. I hope you and Sydney have many more wins

March 31, 2013 - 7:46 pmCongratulations! Hopefully

Congratulations! Hopefully there are many more to come :)

March 31, 2013 - 5:52 pmMr Kowaslki, my hat is off to

Mr Kowaslki, my hat is off to you, you must have a GOLDEN HEART and a place in it for children. You made it happen, you provided a child with a gift that made her dream come true and something that Sydney will most likely never forget. This proves that there are still some caring and generous people left in this cruel and greedy world. All the best to you and your family and to Sydney and her folks whom are true and loving parents.

March 31, 2013 - 5:39 pmWay to go Sydneys! SO happy

Way to go Sydneys! SO happy for you; sorry I missed it :(

March 31, 2013 - 4:45 pmWAY TO GO GIRLS!! YOU TWO ARE

WAY TO GO GIRLS!! YOU TWO ARE GONNA HAVE TO GET A BIG WALL TO HANG ALL THE WIN PICS YOUR GOING TO HAVE !! WE NEED MORE OWNERS LIKE YOU IN THE WORLD!!

March 31, 2013 - 1:57 pmCongratulations Sydney. Hope

alan guthrie SAID...

Congratulations Sydney. Hope you have many more to come.

March 31, 2013 - 1:49 pmCongratulations

David Conrad SAID...

Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Grandma Dave and I were watching you in Elora. Wish we would have gone to Flamboro'.
Fantastic race.
Dave


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