FC: My Olympic Torch Relay | November 2, 2009 | Bowser, BC
1: Thanks to: SIBA - The great people I work with and who I represented today. And, special thanks and photo credits to: Nicole Mom and Dad Fay and Tom Stephanie and Anetta Suzanne Check out my blog for the story leading up to today: http://olympictorchrelayjourney.blogspot.com/ And a video of the whole thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovpe7ZZYjGY
2: Bowser Elementary School 6:00am | Nadia briefed us on how our morning would go and Martin (our shuttle bus driver) gave us our torches.
3: Then, it was all about the group photo.
4: The weather was warm, the rain stayed away, the town of Bowser was set and the crowds started to gather.
7: Just after 8:10am, Bowser released a flock of white doves as the Olympic Torch passed through the community in front of the Bowser Legion. The first dove was released by John Lyotier, in memory of his wife Barb. Barb Lyotier was instrumental in getting the torch celebrations on track in our community. She will be greatly missed. Six teenagers from the area then released 6 doves, symbolizing the Olympic motto - "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (faster, higher, stronger) and our wishes for the future - " Peace, Unity and Love". These were followed by a flock of 14 doves representing the community. The combined flock created a "21 Dove Salute" from the flag pole at the Bowser Legion to the spirit of the 2010 Olympics. Check out the whole article here: http://sites.google.com/site/torchrelaysite/dove-release
8: There was an art contest, music | and lots of goodies to enjoy.
10: My orange torch bearer number marks the spot where I'll begin at Coburn Road.
11: We left the school and drove to the marker of our first torch bearer. Each of us was dropped off along the way with only a few minutes to spare before the caravan and flame came by.
12: Waiting with my supporters.
13: The first glimpse of what's to come.
15: My 'protectors' arrive. Lots of police in lots of vehicles, motorbikes, bikes and on foot. I get briefed on what to do once the flame is in sight. My torch is unlocked and ready to go.
16: The fuel on my torch is unlocked a few minutes before the media truck goes by. It's all very real now.
17: It's everything they said it would be: During your torchbearer experience, you'll be the sole Olympic messenger carrying the Olympic Flame, providing a source of inspiration for people from across Canada and around the world. Once at the start of your segment, you will only have a few minutes before the moment you have been waiting for finally arrives. In the distance you will see the previous torchbearer approaching with the Olympic Flame. You will hear the cheers and applause of the crowd who are almost as excited as you are. Soon you will carry and share the Olympic Movement's message of hope and peace with those around you. Before you proudly extend your arm to receive the Olympic Flame from the previous torchbearer, you might pause in awe. You'll want this moment to last a lifetime. This will be your Olympic moment.
18: This is it. | The flame is now mine.
19: A high five with Raj and I'm on my way.
20: For these few moments, I'm the only person on earth carrying the Olympic flame. Wow!
22: On November 2nd, 2009, Lighthouse Country and the communities of Qualicum Bay, Bowser and the Qualicum First Nations welcomed the Olympic Torch and cheered on the Torch Bearers as they carried the torch on Day 4 its long journey to the 2010 Olympics. The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will be the longest relay held in the borders of the Host Country in history. In a just a few months, the Olympic Flame will visit over 1,000 communities and place of interests as 12,000 torchbearers carry it on its 45,000 km journey. Activities planned for the morning of November 2, 2009 included FREE prizes and gifts for everyone lining the route Music, Coffee at Magnolia Court, Legion, Sandbar Cafe Ceremonial White Dove Release as the torch passes the Bowser Legion Pancake Breakfast at the Legion, Live Music, 8:30 - 10:30 Participation in the Community Legacy Trail Project Art Project and Contests From: http://sites.google.com/site/torchrelaysite/home
23: From the Parksville, Qualicum, Bowser News Site Torch shines as a beacon in Lighthouse Country Olympic torch relay runner Janet Bauer from Victoria raises the torch and her arms in celebration as she jogs into Bowser Monday morning. Fred Davies Photo There are those that disapprove of the Olympics but none seemed to be among the hundreds of smiling citizens who turned out to view Olympic Torch Relay runners in Lighthouse Country Monday morning. Revelers lined the route at Qualicum First Nation campground and in front of the Sandbar Cafe before a cavalcade of support vehicles and police cruisers signaled arrival of the torch in Bowser Village. | “I ordinarily don’t like my picture being taken,” said torch bearer Janet Bauer from Victoria, with a broad smile, flame held high as she passed by Magnolia Court before stopping in front of the legion to transfer the flame back into its lantern for transport further down the highway to an assembly planned at Bowser Elementary School. “It was awesome. It was amazing,” summed up Bauer after the experience. As she jogged, 21 doves flew overhead, released to commemorate the occasion. “Look at all the people here. What a terrific way to bring together the community,” said Betsy Poel member of the relay organizing committee. “The first dove is to remember Barb Lyotier. This is all possible because of her,” said Poel, of Barb, the tireless Olympic relay organizer for the area who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. A pancake breakfast, musical entertainment and refreshments were all part of the occasion with a brief torch stop made at Bower Elementary to unveil 149 student art panels of winter themed art in the shape of inukshuks. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_central/parksville_qualicumbeachnews/community/68816832.html Video: http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_central/parksville_qualicumbeachnews/?current=4506#video
24: May I go? Written by Terri Bowen I want to go where an Olympic Torch glows Past crowds of shining eyes and hopeful hearts Reaching out in streams of warmth and redness Of our Canadian origins and multi-futures I want to go where Olympic Torches flows. I want to go where an Olympic athlete goes Past attainable and unrecorded targets Striving beyond initial fears and dreams Of health and heights to summits beyond I want to go where Olympic athletes go. I want to go where an Olympic Game grows Past challenging starts and unknown competitions Stretching out in determined and new directions Of effort, glowing pride and strength I want to go where the Olympic Games grow. I want to go where the Olympic Spirit flows Past rivers, deepening forests and ocean straits Moving in undulating invisible currents Of joy, community spirit and renewal I want to go where Olympic Spirits flow.
25: A torchbearer is cheered on by the crowd as she carries the flame along the Olympic Torch Relay route on Vancouver Island in B.C., on Monday, Nov. 2, - Monday November 2, 10:15 PM. Associated Press/Canadian Press photographer Johnathan Hayward took this photo which I think captures the true spirit of the moment. This picture was posted on a european sports site (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/091102/59/334fn.html) and the CTV Olympic site as a day four feature photo (http://www.ctvolympics.ca/torch/index.html#/DailyPhotos/Day4).
26: Making my way to the end of my leg of this incredible journey. My turn to pass on the flame.
27: I was so fortunate that my flame was transferred back into a miner's lamp to continue on it's journey to the next torch bearer. The flame-keepers Aronhiaies Herne, a Mohawk from Akwasasne Reserve in Ontario, and Dina Ouellette, from New Brunswick have been with the flame since it left Greece. Dina lit the wick from my flame and transferred it to the miner's lamp Aronhiaies was holding.
28: I soaked up every single second of the experience. Right down to watching the very last flicker of my Olympic flame.
29: People gathered afterwards to see the torch and take pictures of it. A lot of people just wanted to touch it. It generates its own kind of magic.
30: And then it's done. The shuttle with my fellow torch bearers arrives to pick me up. We're on our way back to the school.
31: "You are an ambassador for your community and country by carrying and sharing the most sacred symbol of the Olympic Games — the Olympic Flame. The Olympic flame represents the Olympic Movement's message of hope and peace, and as a torchbearer you are the Olympic messenger who inspires the potential in each of us to be everyday champions of positive change."