Mayor Robertson, along with Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed and Squamish Nation Chief Gibby Jacob lit the Paralympic Cauldron in Ottawa on Wednesday, signalling the start of the Paralympic Torch Relay.
“The world’s best winter Paralympians are powerful reminders that if you keep pursuing your dreams, no matter the obstacles, you can achieve great things,” said Mayor Robertson. “We look forward to welcoming these inspirational athletes to our city and cheering on all the amazing people who will carry the flame on its journey to Vancouver for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.”
At the lighting of the Cauldron on Parliament Hill, Mayor Robertson was joined by the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport); the Honourable Mary McNeil, Minister of State for the Olympics and ActNow BC, and John Furlong, CEO of VANOC.
The Torch Relay finishes with the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron at BC Place in Vancouver on March 12. For more information about the relay, visit www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay.
Photo Credit: VANOC