Wellness, Culture and Sport

Olympic torch relay to pass through New Brunswick (08/11/21)

NB 1717

Nov. 21, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Olympic torch will pass through New Brunswick next year on its way to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The 106-day event will spend five days in New Brunswick, involve 630 torchbearers, and visit 58 communities, five of which are Aboriginal.

The torch will arrive in Port Elgin from Prince Edward Island on Nov. 23, 2009, will travel 1,400 kilometres, and be within a one-hour drive of 92 per cent of the province's population.

"The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are an inspiration to all Canadians," said Premier Shawn Graham. "I encourage all New Brunswickers to view the 2010 relay as it makes its way through New Brunswick communities. The opportunity to experience the Olympic flame and spirit is extraordinary."

New Brunswickers interested in applying to carry the torch may apply at www.iCoke.ca, www.sogoactive.com, or www.rbc.com/carrythetorch. Beginning today, there will be several opportunities to apply.

Additional torch relay material, including maps, videos, audio files, and backgrounders, are available in the media centre at www.vancouver2010.com.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Danielle McFarlane, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445, danielle.mcfarlane@gnb.ca; Sébastien Théberge, VANOC communications, 604-403-2261, sebastien_theberge@vancouver2010.com; Katie Green, VANOC communications, 604-403-2473, katie_green@vancouver2010.com.