As a beaming Joey Lavender, entered the community fairgrounds last Tuesday, December 15th just minutes after 11:00 am, carrying the Olympic Torch for the final leg of it's Picton journey, thousands were in cheering him on. Joey is well known and loved around The County for his involvement in local sports programs and was selected along with Sandra King, Linda Middleton, Gerry Putnam, Roger St. Jean, Doug Seeley, James Logan and Deborah Maycock to be official torch bearers of the Olympic Flame while passing through Picton!
- Joey Lavender lights the cauldron
It was great to see students from all across The County come out for the event, many with their entire families somewhere else on grounds. It didn't seem to matter what your age, how cold it was or whether you were supposed to be working away at your desk, the entire community seemed to be in attendance. For those who couldn't get down to see the local and VANOC(Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games) entertainment, they lined the streets to watch the torch passing by. Our own local talent and supporter of The Prince Edward Children's Aid Society, Amy Sedore sang our national anthem while major sponsors, CocaCola and the Royal Bank of Canadawere also in attendance handing out Canadian and Olympic flags and other tokens of memorabilia.
- Joey Lavender makes his way through the crowd with the Olympic Flame!
This 106 day journey across Canada, which started October 30th in Victoria has led to such an overwhelming feeling of Canadian pride and has brought millions together. The Quinte portion of the Olympic Torch's journey began in Tyendinaga Territory, stopping in Picton with the VANOC crew as we were a selected Celebration Community, and then travelling up into Belleville where the torch was carried by more enthusiasts, including the very familiar face of Beverly Thompson, co-host of Canada AM. Later on in the afternoon, our very own Bill Goodman's son, Michael was also honoured to be a torch bearer for Brighton's turn of it's cross Canada journey.
Set to arrive in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, the Olympic Cauldron will be lit to kick-off the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and there's no doubt that all of Canada will be watching and waving their Red Mittens as this will be the year Canada wins it's first of many Olympic gold metals on home soil!
- Century 21 watches the Olympic make it's way down Main Street Picton