Tuesday, May 12, 2009

City of Calgary employee to carry Olympic Torch

A City of Calgary Recreation employee is the first Calgarian chosen to carry the Olympic Torch in the relay for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Courtney Ferguson, 15, was awarded the honour in part because of her involvement with Village Square Leisure Centre and her active lifestyle. But according to her, she won the right to carry the flame by just doing what she loves to do: help children.

“Kids are the one thing I enjoy a lot,” she said, and it’s because of this that she’s been volunteering with kids programs for the past few years at the leisure centre before recently becoming a paid recreation staff member.

Over the course of being a day-camp leader, water slide monitor and on-call preschool teacher, Courtney heard about the Coca-Cola sponsored and ParticipAction designed SOGO Active initiative to help youth aged 13 – 19 become more active.

Courtney, who is home schooled by her mother Nicole, first heard she was chosen for the once-in-a-lifetime Olympic Flame run when a Coca-Cola representative called her house.

“At first I wasn’t sure if they were serious,” she said, “But after it clicked-in I was so excited!”

Courtney will run her 400 metre portion of the Athens to Vancouver torch relay for the province of Alberta, but is hoping she can do so in Markham, Ontario, in front of the cheers of her extended family.

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