My friend, Mitch was chosen from a pool of some 15,000 RBC employees, recognized for their contribution to charitable causes in their community to carry the Olympic torch. We've been exceptionally proud of her for being chosen for this very honourable endeavour. On a cold and blustery day, she carried the flame for 300m through Blue Mountain on December 29th at 9:02AM.
The following are excerpts from the e-mail I received upon her return:
"I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was today to be one of the persons to pass the Olympic flame. It was the most exhilarating, scariest, greatest, thrilling and exciting things I’ve ever done in my life. The small team that I participated with in Blue Mountain was fantastic. Tom got a great group shot of us all – this is just before we got on the shuttle that would drop off us off at each of our destinations. The 2nd picture is where I got off the shuttle and waited for the flame. Though you can’t see it in this picture the crowd waiting for me was incredible. I felt like a superstar – everyone wanted a picture with me or of me, some wanting to touch the torch for good luck. It was great.
Tom managed to get a couple of videos (a complete one of me walking/running) along with a couple of pre and post the relay. How he did that, I don’t know. He was taking pictures in one hand, filming in the other and I don’t want to think about what he did to keep that cow bell going. Everyone up there just loved it and apparently on the ctv video you can hear Tom the whole way!
Thank you all for your support and encouragement. You helped make this a really memorable day for both Tom and I."