A Carbonear man is ecstatic after he was humbled by the honour of being chosen as a torchbearer and cauldron lighter for the Olympic torch relay in Alberta.
A Carbonear man experienced one of his “ lifelong highlights” Nov. 6 when he was chosen as a torchbearer and cauldron lighter during the Olympic torch relay in Cold Lake, Alta.
Wareham works as an aircraft structures technician as a member of the Canadian Forces at the base in Cold Lake. He said he was surprised by the selection.
“I was honoured,” he said. Wareham, who was born and raised in Carbonear, was picked for his volunteer work with minor sports in Cold Lake, as well as refereeing Junior B and Senior A hockey. In the summers, he volunteers with local lacrosse teams.
Wareham said he wasn’t even aware he’d been nominated. “ There’s a selection committee between the base and the community of Cold Lake, and my name was submitted and through the selection process I was selected.”
He found out in late October that he was going to carry the torch on its final leg of Day 8 and light the cauldron for community celebrations in the town.
“I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “ Just to be the cauldron lighter... that night was just amazing. There was well over 5,000 people ( population of his hometown Carbonear) present, and it was just amazing, going through the crowd, carrying the torch. To go on stage to light the cauldron, I was just ecstatic, honoured, humbled.”
Wareham’s portion of the run amounted to about 300 metres, which he said was “next to nothing” because he’s already in good shape from his involvement in sports, but he said running with the torch itself was “a total adrenalin rush.”
“It’s just an amazing feeling, to hold it and carry it,” he said, adding that he couldn’t believe the reactions of people as he passed by carrying the torch. “ There was joy, there was high-fives,” he said. “People were yelling, cheering, ‘ Yay, Brian,’ ‘ Yay, coach.’ It was amazing. The crowd was exceptional.”
Dawn Rogowski carries the torch past residents of Cupids on Saturday morning, Nov. 14.
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Meghan Lehr of Carbonear poses with torchbearer Rosalie Russell of Harbour Grace moments before Russell started on her section of the Carbonear leg of the Olympic torch relay, Saturday morning in that Conception Bay North town DAN