CFL super-fan Pam Johnston from Thrums is just getting her voice back after a long weekend of cheering. Having her beloved B.C. Lions in the Grey Cup was exciting enough, getting a chance to watch the game in person was gravy. Johnston and her husband had even signed up as event volunteers.
For kicks, she entered Gibson’s Whiskey’s Finest CFL Fan Competition.
“You had to submit pics, videos, and a write-up as to why you are your teams finest fan,” she said. “I am a crazy B.C. Lions fan.”
Out of hundreds of entries, Johnston was chosen as a finalist along with three other Lion’s fans. After that, the contestants were voted on by the public through Facebook.
“You did whatever it took to get votes,” said Johnston. “I placed first to represent the BC Lions and third overall, beaten by a Rider fan and a Bomber fan.”
Johnston won airfare for two, four nights accommodation at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, two Grey Cup tickets on the 50 yard line, and an event pass.
“My most memorable moment, other than the Grey Cup win, of course, was the event put on by Gibson’s,” she said. At the pre-game event, Johnston got the opportunity to meet and chat with many CFL stars from the past and present.
“I met Travis Lulay, Anthony Calvillo, Wally Buono, Paul MacCallum, and more,” she said. “I was honoured to present the Gibson’s Finest CFL player award to Rookie of the Year Chris Williams from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.”
During Parade Day, she even got the chance to meet rock superstar Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed.
“It was unbelievable,” said Johnston. “This trip to a CFL football fan was like Disneyland to others. It was just a spectacular show. It was incredible. It still seems so surreal. And my Lions are Grey Cup champs!! Woot, woo!!”