Four of the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games torchbearers show off their torches along with Games organizing committee chair Al Dyer and the Game's mascot, "Gus." Herald photo by Andrew Schopp
A healthy mix of athletes, coaches and local sports figures were selected as torch runners for the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games torch relay taking place on Sunday.
In a press conference on Wednesday, the Games organizing committee announced the names of 10 torchbearers who will take part in the relay that starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the E.A Rawlinson Centre.
“We are very pleased to have a combination of athletes and other prominent sports people from Prince Albert and area taking the torch through P.A.,” Al Dyer, chair of the organizing committee said.
Dyer added that the torchbearers were chosen in an effort to represent the sporting community beyond the Winter Games.
“We try to be representative of the wider community,” he said. “I think we’ve done a great job, they are all worthy torch bearers.”
Among the torchbearers present at the press conference was Prince Albert martial arts instructor Wolfgang Manicke, who runs the Kuro Ooakami Dojo.
Manicke said he is honoured to be involved in the torch run and has been preparing for the approximately four-km run over the past few weeks.
“I’m not a young guy, I’m 60 so I started to run a bit,” Manicke said adding what he feels the Games bring to Prince Albert’s sporting community. “It’s great to see the young kids involved, sports are really important; healthy body, healthy mind.”
The torch will leave the E.A. Rawlinson Centre, head south along second Avenue West to 15th Street before turning east on Central Avenue where it will head south all the way to 22nd Street. The torch will then make its way to sixth Avenue East as it makes its way to the Art Hauser Centre.
According to the organizing committee, the run should take about 75-90 minutes as the torch makes its way to the Art Hauser Centre, where the SaskEnergy flame will be lit to kick off the Games opening ceremony.
The Games are still seeking volunteers for various areas, including the opening ceremonies. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit their website to register at www.saskgames.ca/winter.
2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games Torchbearers:
- Amy Pilon - Bowling athlete
- Roger Mortimer - Hockey and baseball coach
- Jack Mortimer - Hockey and baseball athlete
- Troy Henderson - Bowling athlete
- Wolfgang Manicke - Martial arts instructor
- Chelsey Taylor - Soccer athlete, 2012 Saskatchewan Summer Games bronze medalist
- Landon Leschyshyn - Hockey athlete
- Kinsey Walsh - Figure skating athlete, 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games competitor
- Cortni Millhoise - Figure skating athlete, 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games competitor
- Austin Ermine - Karate athlete