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Canadian Heritage

March 25, 2009 19:36 ET

Minister of State Lunn Helps Unveil the Name of First 2010 Olympic Torchbearer from the Ottawa Area

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today took part in the "Sogo Carry the Flame" Tour in Ottawa and celebrated Kate Jackson as the Ottawa area's first 2010 Olympic torchbearer.

"I am proud to highlight the opportunity for everyday Canadians to become Olympic torchbearers," said Minister of State Lunn. "I strongly encourage all Canadians to apply to become an Olympic torchbearer and share in the enthusiasm and excitement for the 2010 Winter Games. There is no doubt that this will be an unforgettable experience."

"I encourage all Canadians to get engaged in and participate in activities related to the Torch Relay," added Minister of State Lunn. "The Torch Relay will bring together and unite Canadians from coast to coast, uniting them with a sense of excitement, as our nation prepares to host the 2010 Winter Games. It will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate our athletes, our country, and our culture and create a feeling that these are truly Canada's Games. There is no doubt that the Torch Relay will leave a legacy that will live on long after the Games are over."

The Government of Canada is one of the contributing partners in the Olympic Torch Relay, along with Coca Cola. The Coca Cola "Sogo Carry the Flame" Tour and its torchbearer selection program will enable communities nationwide to see the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch firsthand. This inspirational tour will encourage all Canadians to apply to become Olympic Torchbearers and to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. The national tour will visit 25 cities.

For further information on the Torch Relay, visit

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Contact Information

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