Taylor celebrates Olympic Torch


Photos: Taylor residents held a torch celebration at the North Peace Airport on Sunday evening – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

By Christine Rumleskie

Even though the Olympic Torch didn’t pass through the community of Taylor, there was still a celebration held to recognize the town.

Taylor residents gathered at the North Peace Airport on Sunday evening, to watch kids from Taylor Elementary run with an authentic torch.

Fort St. John torchbearer and President of Spectra Energy, Doug Bloom, provided his torch for the kids to use. And although the torch wasn’t lit, Bloom says each child’s reaction to the torch was priceless.

 "I hope they’ll get a chance to feel just a little bit more connected to the Olympics then they otherwise would have. But maybe it’ll just be a motivator for them to say, well Denny Morrison can do it,  maybe I could too." Bloom said. 

A total of eight children carried the torch from one end of the airport to the other.

Taylor Mayor Fred Jarvis says each child was chosen based on set criteria. Earlier this year, the children made a presentation to their class on why they should carry the torch.

Jarvis says he hopes the experience fosters healthy lifestyle choices for the children.

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The Olympic flame is now heading to Fort Nelson.

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