A 39-year-old CNC millwright student will be one of 12,000 people who will proudly carry the 2010 Winter Olympic torch. Troy Neale, a veteran triathlete, received word Friday that his application to be a torch bearer was successful.
“I’m excited, it’s pretty cool,” said Neale, a CNC student who has competed in 12 triathlons including several half-ironman distances. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve always watched the Olympics on T.V.”
Neale hails from Canal Flats in the Kootenays and will run his 300-metre leg in the Lower Mainland. He will get further details about where and the exact date as soon as he sends his confirmation back to torch relay organizers.
“We had to pick dates when we’d like to run but it didn’t matter to me,” he said of the RBC application.
“I’ll just continue to stay active and see what the hype is all about.”
The 106-day Olympic Torch Relay begins Oct. 30 in Victoria. It will wind its way 45,000 km through 1,020 communities across Canada as it makes its way to Vancouver to officially ignite the start of the Games Feb. 12, 2010 at the opening ceremonies. The torch is just a little more than three feet tall and weighs 2.8 pounds. For Neale, being selected a torch bearer has real meaning.
“It sends a message that all walks of life…that anybody… can do this.”