Torch bearers announced as flame draws near

By Christine Rumleskie

More local torch bearers have been announced as the 2010 Olympic Torch nears Fort St. John.

Connie Richter has been chosen to be the very first torch bearer for the city’s relay. Richter says she didn’t expect the honour, but when she found out she’d been chosen, she was ecstatic.

She says she even has a game plan on how she’s going to carry the prestigious torch.

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Richter is a lifelong resident of Fort St. John and has been instrumental in the sporting community. Over the years, Richter Co-Chaired the 2000 and 2004 Northern B.C. Winter Games in Fort St. John. She was also voted Citizen of the Year in 1997, and has been a member of the Fort St. John Curling Club for over 50 years.

Meanwhile, Spectra Energy Transmission West President Douglas Bloom has also been chosen to carry the torch. Bloom is responsible for four of the Spectra’s western-based divisions including BC Pipeline, BC Field Services, Midstream, and Natural Gas Liquids. He is also a long-time volunteer with the United Way.

Other torch bearers include Calvin Osterlund, Jamie Lee and longtime resident Ross H. MacLean. The torch is touring the Peace Region on January 31st, and will land in Fort St. John around 4:45 p.m.

A jumbo screen will be set up at Centennial Park, so residents can watch the torch make its way to the park at around 6:30 p.m.

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