Library to display Relay Torch

The torch that ignited the caldron at Sechelt's 2010 Olympic Torch Relay event will soon be on display at Sechelt Public Library.

Sechelt community torchbearer Sarah Doherty and Mayor Darren Inkster announced that the torch will be on permanent loan to the library as soon as arrangements are made for its display. The torch was purchased for Doherty by the District, in recognition of her role as torchbearer at the Feb. 4 event.

"I want our community and especially young people to be able to see the torch," said Doherty. "The library is a good place for that to happen. My torch will be placed there on permanent loan. As a community torchbearer, I am invited to speak to groups about my experience and will take the torch with me, on occasion, to such engagements.

Sechelt's Torch Relay event, held in Civic Square, was attended by an estimated 4,000 people. The event featured a two-hour program of performances by more than 200 local entertainers and community members. As part of the celebrations, RBC Royal Bank presented Sechelt with a torch that had been used earlier in the relay.

"Sechelt's torch will be retained at the District office until a formal display venue is decided upon," added Inkster.

Both the community torchbearer's torch and the torch presented to the District show the markings left by the Olympic flame. Torches from the 2010 relay were disabled after they were used to carry the flame and cannot be re-ignited.

Doherty was selected as community torchbearer on the recommendation of Sechelt council as a local individual who exemplifies the spirit of the Olympic movement. After the loss of her right leg in an accident, she went on to become a Paralympic athlete, an occupational therapist and the first person on crutches to summit Mount McKinley.

She also helped develop the innovative Sidestix crutches that she uses to continue to participate in a number of sporting disciplines and also used in the relay.

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