RBC names Regina man as its first 2010 Olympic Torchbearer
TORONTO, February 10, 2009 — Caleb Taylor,
RBC's first 2010 Olympic Torchbearer, is creating a stronger
community in Regina by volunteering to coach a local kids
"This is a thrill of a lifetime. There are no other
words to describe how I feel. I am truly honoured to bring
the Olympic spirit to my city, my community and the kids I
care so much about," said Caleb Taylor.
Taylor is a volunteer coach for Regina's Outdoor Hockey
League, which provides inner-city youth who do not have the
means to pay for organized hockey the opportunity to play.
He made his pledge to create stronger communities on rbc.com/carrythetorch,
adding, "The league gives kids an opportunity to be part
of a team, develop leadership and social skills and gain a
sense of accomplishment — skills that they will carry
with them for the rest of their lives."
"We are delighted to announce Caleb Taylor as our first
2010 Olympic Torchbearer," said Gordon M. Nixon, president
and chief executive officer, RBC. "Anyone can be part
of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. We encourage Canadians to
share in this thrill of a lifetime by entering our contest
to win the ultimate Olympic experience."
RBC will award over 2,000 Olympic Torchbearer spots through
this contest which runs from November 21, 2008 to July 15,
2009. Apply today at rbc.com/carrythetorch.
The Olympic Flame is lit in a traditional ceremony in Olympia,
Greece, and will then be transported to Canada. The 2010 Olympic
Torch Relay will begin its cross-Canada journey from Victoria,
B.C., on October 30, 2009, and will travel from coast to coast
to coast through every province and territory - spanning 45,000
kilometers and 1,000 communities over 100 days. It will end
at B.C. Place, in Vancouver, on February 12, 2010, with the
lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across
the country at their own pace with millions more cheering
and supporting them. Applicants will be asked to select where
in Canada they want to carry the Olympic Flame. Torchbearer
applicants must be a resident of Canada, aged 13 or older.
Full contest rules and regulations are available on the website
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For more information, please contact:
Jackie Braden, (416) 974-2124