Accent Inns BC hotel chain is thrilled to continue the Olympic spirit and welcome the coming of the Paralympic Games to Vancouver 2010.
“I’m so excited that I have a chance to watch Sledge Hockey. All of our Paralympic athletes have worked so hard to get here and it’s a thrill to be able to cheer them on in person” said Mandy Farmer, CEO Accent Inns.
The first step in preparing for the Paralympic games is welcoming the Paralympic torch!
Victoria’s Paralympic Torch Relay and Celebration
The City of Victoria is one of 11 Celebration Communities to host the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay. The 10 day 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay will begin in Ottawa, where a new flame will be lit on Wednesday, March 3 and then created anew in each celebration community, by local First Nations, in a fire creation ceremony. Approximately 600 torchbearers will pass the flame during this relay, sharing the message of courage and determination. The relay will conclude at the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver, signaling the start of the Paralympic Winter Games on Friday, March 12, 2010.
On the morning of Saturday, March 6 the Paralympic flame will be created in a fire creation ceremony in Esquimalt and then travel by navy boat across the harbour, where there will be an exchange to dragon boaters from CFB Esquimalt, who will bring the flame to shore. The flame will make a short ceremonial stop at the lawns of the Legislature before Victoria’s relay begins.
Victoria’s Paralympic Torch Relay will take place in a continuous loop along the Lower Causeway, from Belleville to Ship Point. 31 Torchbearers will carry the torch in Victoria. The Upper Causeway, Inner Harbour and Ship Points will all be excellent vantage points for those wishing to watch the event.
The celebration at Ship Point will feature top talent from Victoria’s music community – Joe Coughlin, jazz artist and Sara Marreiros, singer of Portuguese fado music.
For the first time the Paralympic Torch Relay will take place in a non-linear way, with the flame being carried around each hosting community while celebrations take place. The Paralympic flame shines a light on the extraordinary achievements of Paralympians and the endless possibilities of the human spirit.
For more information visit:
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pancake Breakfast in Esquimalt at Archie Browning Sports Centre (rear)
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Flame Creation Ceremony and Esquimalt’s relay and celebration
Noon Victoria’s celebration begins at Ship Point and Inner Harbour
12:15 p.m. Paralympic Flame arrival
12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay and Celebration at Ship Point and Inner Harbour