Olympic Torch Relay Final Torchbearer
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) requested nominations for a final
torchbearer to light the Torch Relay Cauldron at Yorkton’s Community Celebration.
These nominations were to embody the Olympic Spirit, with selection criteria aligned with VANOC’s
core values of team, trust, excellence, sustainability and creativity. The final torchbearer was to be
someone from our community who is a symbol of pride, excellence, inspiration, accomplishment and
peace, committed to making their community, their country or themselves stronger.
Yorkton’s final torchbearer, as selected by VANOC, meets all of the requirements set out above. He has
been involved in every aspect of community life from his time as a young person to working with young
people as an adult. He continually strives to improve our community so that it will be a better place. This
person is a leader in the community, organizing events that bring people together through his involvement
with the Yorkton Business Improvement District, Yorkton Exhibition Association and many other
community groups and organizations.
As an athlete, this person has participated at the High School, Provincial, University and National levels
in various sports such as football, hockey and baseball. He has been inducted into the Yorkton Sports Hall
of Fame in both the athlete and builder categories. This person has carried his love of sport with him to
his adult life by coaching almost every sport imaginable, including Yorkton’s first ever Special Olympics
Track and Field team. He believes that giving back to his community by volunteering in various
capacities, contributes to the development of our youth as the leaders of the future.
As is witnessed by his participation in sport, this person leads a very active lifestyle and believes the
benefits of healthy lifestyle choices. As such, he was instrumental in the development of the Yorkton
Business Improvement District’s Walk-a-Mile Program, whereby footsteps have been painted on the
sidewalks of downtown Yorkton to encourage people to be active and visit the various businesses in the
He was the first Chairperson of the Canadian Association of Student Activity Advisors and was named a
Life Member by the Canadian Kinsmen Clubs and both the Canadian and Saskatchewan Student Council
Advisors. When something needs to get done in Yorkton, everyone looks to involve him as he not only
believes in making our community stronger, he lives it every day.
The Yorkton Task Force for the Olympic Torch Relay is very proud to introduce Barry Sharpe as the
Final Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration in Yorkton.
Ms Randy Goulden, Chairperson of the Yorkton Task Force for the Olympic Torch Relay said “Barry
Sharpe epitomizes Yorkton’s Olympic Spirit, with his dedication to the VANOC core values of team,
trust, excellence, sustainability and creativity. He believes in, works and volunteers to make our
community and residents stronger.”
For more information on the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration in Yorkton, please contact
Chairperson, Ms. Randy Goulden @ 306-783-8707.
Final Torchbearer Barry Sharpe with Task Force Chairperson Randy Goulden