Cameron Davis was given the ultimate opportunity. He was selected out of hundreds of athletes to carry the flag for P.E.I at the 2019 Canada Winter Games opening ceremony that took place in Red Deer, Alberta.
“I’m not sure how or why I was chosen,” joked Cameron. “It’s still so surreal to me.”
Cameron lives with Cystic Fibrosis. He spends 45 minutes every morning managing his CF and takes a variety of pills to help get through the day. Despite all of this, living with CF does not stop Cameron from participating in what he loves—sports.
Cameron has been competing in gymnastics for five years now. He started training and competing after a friend had casually seen his raw talent at school. He was told that he should join gymnastics, which is exactly what Cameron decided to do.
Cameron trains vigorously for 19 hours a week. In his spare time, he coaches younger athletes. With training as intense as his, Cameron must work extra hard to push through and manage his symptoms. Support is never far away, however. Through his years in the sport Cameron has amassed a network that are aware of his needs and situation.
“I can always count on my team and coaches for support when I need,” he said.
At the 2019 Canada Winter Games Cameron was most looking forward to representing P.E.I. He was ecstatic to compete, and bring home some hardware for his team, his province, and himself. Medals and nerves aside, it was about the experience for Cameron, and making memories.
“Even though I’m different on the inside, that doesn’t stop me from reaching my goals,” he concluded. “CF should never stop anyone from chasing and living their dreams.”
Cameron has received very positive attention and has been able to share his story with the world. He was featured on TSN to talk about his experience at the Canada Games and what it is like having cystic fibrosis as an athlete.
Congratulations Cameron for all of your success.