So you might think it’s all over now that the 2010 Winter Olympics are over but that is so not true. Vancouver is actually getting ready for Round 2! Ladies and gentleman we bring you the 2010 Winter PARALYMPIC GAMES. Today the torch is actually already in the midst of making its way around Vancouver Riley Park and Maple Ridge. The Riley Park neighborhood is actually one of the signature venues of the 2010 Winter Games. Close to the scenic Queen Elizabeth Park and next to the Nat Bailey Stadium, it is home to the Vancouver Olympics Center/Vancouver Paralympic Center. This event starts at 11am but celebrations will start at 630pm in Maple Ridge at the Spirit Square. Some of the community torchbearers are 14year old Priya (Jasdeep) Sekhon and Jennifer McKenzie. These two have managed to pull through devastating circumstances so if you have the time try to make it out and cheer them on. For more information on the torch route visit this website.
March 11th 2010: Tomorrow you can find the torch making its rounds at the main campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). This campus located just 30minutes from downtown Vancouver and with its spectacular natural surroundings it is must-see. All around you you see snow-capped mountains, ocean and breathtaking views around every corner of this campus. The community torchbearer for the leg of this race is Bonita Sawatzky. This event will begin at 11am but celebrations will ensue outside of the Student Union Building near the UBC Thunderbird Arena, which is home to ice sledge hockey competitions.
March 12th 2010: Downtown Vancouver will be home to the 24 hour Olympic torch relay near Robson Square beginning at 2pm on March 11th. The Paralympic flame will continuously be carried and passed between torchbearers for 24 hours straight. The event will conclude at 12pm on March 12th where the flame will be finally bought to rest at BC Place for the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games. The province of British Columbia has nominated Laurel Crosby to be the final torchbearer so come out if you can and support the Paralympic movement.