RBC names Regina man as its first 2010 Olympic Torchbearer



    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Caleb Taylor, RBC's first 2010 Olympic
Torchbearer, is creating a stronger community in Regina by volunteering to
coach a local kids hockey team.
    "This is a thrill of a lifetime. There are no other words to describe how
I feel. I am truly honoured to bring the Olympic spirit to my city, my
community and the kids I care so much about," said Caleb Taylor.
    Taylor is a volunteer coach for Regina's Outdoor Hockey League, which
provides inner-city youth who do not have the means to pay for organized
hockey the opportunity to play. He made his pledge to create stronger
communities on rbc.com/carrythetorch, adding, "The league gives kids an
opportunity to be part of a team, develop leadership and social skills and
gain a sense of accomplishment - skills that they will carry with them for the
rest of their lives."
    "We are delighted to announce Caleb Taylor as our first 2010 Olympic
Torchbearer," said Gordon M. Nixon, president and chief executive officer,
RBC. "Anyone can be part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. We encourage
Canadians to share in this thrill of a lifetime by entering our contest to win
the ultimate Olympic experience."
    RBC will award over 2,000 Olympic Torchbearer spots through this contest
which runs from November 21, 2008 to July 15, 2009. Apply today at
rbc.com/carrythetorch.
    The Olympic Flame is lit in a traditional ceremony in Olympia, Greece,
and will then be transported to Canada. The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will
begin its cross-Canada journey from Victoria, B.C., on October 30, 2009, and
will travel from coast to coast to coast through every province and territory
- spanning 45,000 kilometers and 1,000 communities over 100 days. It will end
at B.C. Place, in Vancouver, on February 12, 2010, with the lighting of the
Olympic Cauldron, signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter
Games.
    Approximately 12,000 Canadians will carry the flame across the country at
their own pace with millions more cheering and supporting them. Applicants
will be asked to select where in Canada they want to carry the Olympic Flame.
Torchbearer applicants must be a resident of Canada, aged 13 or older. Full
contest rules and regulations are available on the website at
rbc.com/carrythetorch.





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