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Canadian Heritage

May 14, 2009 14:45 ET

Minister of State Lunn Congratulates Coca-Cola's 2010 Olympic Torchbearer from Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) congratulates Andy An, the first Coca-Cola Olympic Torchbearer for BC selected through Sogo Active, a program to help Canadian teens become more active.

"Andy is a great example of how everyday Canadians from across our country are embracing the Olympic adventure," said Minister of State Lunn. "It is so great to see young people like Andy living actively and taking advantage of the opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame and spread the excitement for the Games."

"The chance to carry the Olympic Flame happens once in a generation, and it is an unforgettable experience. Right now Canadians have the opportunity to sign up and become torchbearers and I strongly encourage them to do so."

"In less than six months, Canadians will welcome the Olympic Flame. This flame will travel across Canada, celebrating the talent and dedication of our athletes and uniting and inspiring Canadians. I invite all Canadians to share in the enthusiasm for the 2010 Torch Relay."

"The Government of Canada is a proud sponsor of the Games and the Torch Relay. Our Government contributed $24.5 million to ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays reach all Canadians and shine a bright light on our culture and diversity as these are truly Canada's Games."

Sogo Active is designed by Coca-Cola Ltd., ParticipACTION, and an Advisory Committee of youth and organizations to help young Canadians between 13 and 19 become more active by creating a physical activity movement by and for youth.

For further information on the Torch Relay and how to become a torchbearer, please visit less greater than.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations