Paralympic Torch Relay Visits Lytton and Hope09.03.2010
The Paralympic Flame saw its seventh day of the relay as it reached Lytton and Hope in British Columbia. Lytton is known for hiking and rafting, with trails that go through a variety of terrain and climate conditions. A total of 15 torchbearers were in Lytton, including Andrea Drynock, who at the age of 16 became an athlete in Swimming after losing her legs in a train accident.
A total of 30 individuals held the honour of torchbearer in Hope, with a celebration at Memorial Park on Wallace Street. One of the carriers was Heather Stewin, who is visually impaired and the founder of “Storytime in the Park”, which addresses literacy issues in the community.
Hope is located two hours east of Vancouver and is well-known in winter for Alpine Skiing, Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing. The Hope community was a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading fort and a starting point of the famous Fraser River Gold Rush, and event more than 150 years ago.
More than 600 torchbearers will proudly carry the flame during the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC. The Paralympic Torch visits 11 communities over a ten day period, culminating in the lighting of the Paralympic Cauldron at BC Place in downtown Vancouver on 12 March 2010.