‘Let me be brave’ Michelin Torch Run shines light on Special Olympians in Kings County
It only took a single sentence for athlete Hugo Bouter to earn a round of animated applause at the opening of Michelin’s Special Olympics Torch Run.
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” said Bouter, reciting the motto for Special Olympics moments before Torch Run participants started their trek from Waterville to Greenwood around 9:30 a.m. June 1.
Bouter, a resident of the Wolfville area, has been competing in the Special Olympics for “many, many years.” He loves “being out with the other Special Olympians and having a good time.”
The local track and field athlete will be competing in the relay, 100-metre dash, shot put and standing long jump during the Special Olympics Nova Scotia Provincial Summer Games at StFX University in Antigonish from June 1618.
“It’s just amazing to be there,” said Bouter, adding that the Torch Run is a fun way to promote the upcoming prov- incial competition.
“It’s great. The last few years, I’ve been on the Michelin side and it’s been great.”
Michelin hosted Torch Run events in Pictou County, the Annapolis Valley and Bridgewater in an effort to raise awareness of the summer games and encourage community members to support their local Special Olympians.
“In 2017, Michelin is celebrating 30 years of supporting Special Olympics in our province,” said Jeff MacLean, president of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc, in a recent media release.
“Special Olympics is very close to our hearts as employees and we encourage everyone along the Torch Run route and later on this month at the June 16-18th games, to cheer on and celebrate our Nova Scotian Special Olympians.”
There were two runs from Michelin’s plant in Kings County. On June 1, the route started in Waterville, visited Berwick and ended in Greenwood at 4 p.m. On June 2, runners started in Wolfville at 8:30 a.m. and wrapped with a celebration at the Michelin Sports and Social Club in Waterville at 3 p.m.
Town Crier Gary Long had some help with the opening remarks at the Michelin’s Special Olympics Torch Run event in Waterville June 1.
Four-year-old Michelin Torch Run supporter Rachel Dickson, flanked by parents Chris and Paula Dickson of New Minas, waves for the camera.