Torch Relay begins!
More than 300 Townshippers of all ages answered the call, in May, to proudly be part of the Canada Games Torch Relay which begins today. This relay of over 400 kilometres will go through 34 municipalities before it finishes on August 2nd.
“We are very happy by the enthusiasm shown by the population. People registered ‘en masse’ to have the honour of carrying high the Canada Games flame. Furthermore, many sports and culture celebrities from the region will take part in this historic relay. We invite everyone to come and encourage our torch bearers all along the
course!” said Lynn Blouin, Assistant Director General – Communications and Human Resources.
From July 17th to July 30th, a ceremony will take place each morning at 8:00 am in a municipality. The mayor, the torch bearer chosen for the first kilometer and a representative from Sherbrooke will speak during these events before the start of the relay. Each torch bearer will walk or run one kilometre with the torch. On average, 25 kilometres will be covered each day to go from one town to the next. Coaticook, one of the host towns, will be visited on July 28th. One part of the relay will take place by boat, going from Ogden to the MacPherson wharf, in Magog. Guy Beaudoin chosen to carry flame
Elected town officials were asked to choose a special person from their town to carry the flame for the first kilometre of the relay each morning. Here in Stanstead, where the relay will be on July 29th, officials have chosen Guy Beaudoin to carry the flame. In his sixties and retired, Mr. Beaudoin is very active and ‘fit as a fiddle’, and is often seen not only jogging or biking, but also up in the air para-gliding!
“I was very proud, very happy when they asked me to do it. This is an honour for me to do,” said Mr. Beaudoin who has lived in Stanstead all his life. He has been jogging almost 25 years, has run in almost every 5 km BorderFest race along with many other running events, and biked 50 kilometres, just for fun, yesterday! “I can’t wait to be part of the relay!” he concluded. Everyone is invited to Stanstead City Hall on July 29th, 8:00 am, to cheer him on!
From July 30th to August 2nd, the Relay will take place in the two other host cities: Magog and Sherbrooke. Eighty flame bearers will relay over a distance of around 80 kilometres before arriving at the Universite de Sherbrooke stadium on August 2nd during the Opening Ceremony of
the Canada Games – Sherbrooke 2013.
Stanstead’s Guy Beaudoin can’t wait to carry the Canada Games torch on July 29th.