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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 hockey team.

"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 at rbc.com/carrythetorch.

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For more information, please contact:
Jackie Braden, (416) 974-2124


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