Ec­static!

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL MACEACHERN dmaceach­ern@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

DAN MacEACHERN/The Com­pass

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

MacEACHERN/The Com­pass

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