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Mayor Miller announces Toronto's Olympic Final Torchbearer
Mayor David Miller today announced that Toronto Olympian Vicky Sunohara will be the Final Torchbearer to light the cauldron at Toronto's celebrations welcoming the Olympic Flame at Nathan Phillips Square on December 17, 2009.
"I'm very pleased to announce Vicky Sunohara as the city's Final Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay," Mayor Miller said. "Not only is Vicky one of Canada's elite female athletes, she is a Torontonian and the granddaughter of immigrants representing the city's diversity which is one our most important strengths. Vicky is well respected in our community and has worked tirelessly to help the youth of Toronto -- especially young girls -- develop their skills and fulfill their dreams."
Sunohara is one of Canada's leading figures in women's ice hockey. She has represented Canada on the women's hockey team at three Winter Olympic Games -- winning silver in 1998 at the Nagano Games and gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.
When she was just 19 years old, Sunohara was picked to represent Canada in the first official Women's World Championships. As a member of the national team, she has also played in eight IIHF World Women's Championships, seven Four Nations Cups and the Torino Ice Tournament.
Along with her sporting accomplishments, Vicky is a wonderful ambassador for Toronto. Born and raised in Scarborough to parents of Japanese and Ukrainian descent, she has been credited with helping to expand female ice hockey across the country. Vicky continues to work, train and mentor many young girls in the Scarborough community, as well as running a coaching school in Whitby.
"The Winter Olympic Games is such an amazing experience, and I have been fortunate to have been able to represent Canada three times at the Games," said Vicky Sunohara. "I feel very honoured to be given this unique opportunity to be an Olympic Torchbearer in my hometown. The task of lighting the cauldron at Nathan Phillips Square is a huge privilege for me and I look forward to sharing this moment with my fellow Torontonians."
Torontonians will have the opportunity to see the Olympic Flame in Toronto from December 17 to 19. Toronto has been chosen as a celebration community and a special event will be held on December 17, at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W., starting at 6 p.m. Torontonians of all ages are invited to take part in celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame, mingle with local Olympians and enjoy performances by special artists.
Watch for further details about the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route in Toronto, profiles of local torchbearers and information about the celebration event on December 17, 2009 at http://www.toronto.ca/mie/olympictorchrelay.
The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada, will make its historic 45,000-kilometre journey across Canada from coast to coast to coast starting October 30, in Victoria, BC.
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.
Vicky Sunohara's biography can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/mie/olympictorchrelay/vicky-bio.htm
Media contact: Patricia Trott, City of Toronto, Strategic Communications, 416-392-8937 or email@example.com
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