Torch Re­lay be­gins!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Stanstead’s Guy Beau­doin can’t wait to carry the Canada Games torch on July 29th.

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