2010 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC, represents an extraordinary opportunity to unify not only our community but all Canadians, generating tremendous pride in our nations while truly celebrating the arrival of the Games.

On January 9, 2010 Yorkton will participate in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.  We are thrilled and proud to be the first celebration host community in the Province of Saskatchewan, and encourage Yorkton and area residents to participate in this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

Yorkton Mayor James Wilson said “the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is about starting each and every day full or hope, and ending every day knowing that we have shared our light and life with those around us.  It’s not just the Torch that we pass, but the fire of friendship and inspiration.”

The Torch Relay will arrive at noon accompanied by vehicles, which will include torchbearer shuttles, media vehicles, relay support vehicles and police cruisers.  Temporary rolling road closure will ensure the safety of the torchbearers and spectators along the route.  Every 300 metres a new torchbearer will carry the flame through Yorkton as it travels on the 45,000 kilometre journey across Canada.  The Relay is over 100 days long and will visit over 1,000 communities and places of interest.

At a media conference held Monday, November 23, 2009, the Yorkton Torch Relay Committee announced the final torchbearer for Yorkton, as selected by VANOC.  Chairperson Randy Goulden 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.”

Also announced at Monday’s Media Conference was the selection of well known artist Grant McLaughlin’s concept of Fire and Ice, as the Torch Relay Legacy Project. Fire and Ice reflects the fiery spirits (and icy venues) of winter sport, a challenging venture.  Supersized 3D figures engaged in a variety of related sports will be mounted atop the exterior of the Gallagher Centre.  A special feature is the use of recycled materials in its production, incorporating the green theme of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  Solar lighting is being considered to enhance the scupltural installation.

Randy Goulden, Chairperson of the Yorkton Torch Relay Committee, said “the goal of the Committee has been to bring the magic and excitement of the Olympic Spirit to the Yorkton area.  The Torch will be welcomed with a celebration of dance, song and fun. The creation of a community art piece will provide a lasting memory of the Olympic Torch Relay in Yorkton!”

For more information on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay visit www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay
XXI Olympic Winter Games - February 12 to 28, 2010
Paralympic Winter Games – March 12 to 21, 2010

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) was established on September 30, 2003. The Committee’s mandate is to support and promote the development of sport in Canada by planning, organizing, financing and staging the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.


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