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July 14, 2005 - Games Search for Torch Runners!

July 14, 2005

Games Search for Torch Runners!

The Torch Relay is an important ceremonial and historical element of all Canada Games, and the Host Society of the 2005 Canada Summer Games is looking for the right team of individuals to make it happen.

The 2005 Canada Summer Games will be officially opened when, at the Opening Ceremonies, the Canada Games Flame is lit with the Roly McLenahan Torch. The Roly McLenahan Canada Games Torch was first used at the 1985 Canada Summer Games in Saint John, New Brunswick, and the 2005 Games will mark its 20-year anniversary in Canada Games history. The 2005 Games will also be incorporating the SaskEnergy torch into the Torch Relay, combining the history of the Games with the support of Regina's community.

"The Flame of the Canada Games is representative of youth, energy and the spirit of the Games," said Bob Ellard, President of the 2005 Canada Summer Games. "The Torch Relay and the lighting of the Canada Games Flame are elements of tradition that encompass the emotion experienced by competitors and spectators alike."

The 2005 Canada Summer Games Torch Relay, presented in part by SaskEnergy, will be a one-day event on Saturday, August 6th during which 10 Torch Team participants will run the torch throughout the City of Regina and arrive at Taylor Field for the lighting of the Canada Games Flame during the Opening Ceremonies. The Games announced today a contest to select the 10 Torch Team participants. The contest closes on Thursday, July 21st at 4pm.

The contest is open to anyone aged 10 and older, and applicants will be asked to describe in 100 words why they should be a member of the Torch Team. "We want a team that truly reflects our community, and the spirit and energy of the Games," said Darlene Brunskill, VP, Ceremonies and Protocol. "The Torch Relay is going to be a memorable experience and symbolic element of the Games, and everyone is going to want to be a part of it, whether as a runner or a spectator."

The 2005 Torch Relay is presented with the support of SaskEnergy, which is a Major Sponsor of the Games. "The lighting of the SaskEnergy flame at the Opening Ceremonies on August 6th will be a moment that is filled with emotion for everyone involved in the Canada Games," said Leslie Gosselin, Manager of Community Relations. "SaskEnergy is proud to be part of the efforts to bring the torch to Taylor Field, in true Saskatchewan grassroots style." The SaskEnergy Flame will burn throughout the Games on Pine Island for the community to enjoy before returning to Taylor Field for the closing ceremonies.

Contest application forms are available online at www.regina2005.ca or by contacting the Games office at (306) 586-2005. Application forms must be received by the Games office by 4pm on Thursday, July 21st to be considered.
Details of the relay and a map of the route will be released with the names of the Torch Team participants later in July. For more information, please visit the 2005 Canada Summer Games website at www.regina2005.ca.

The Canada Summer Games will be held from August 6-20, 2005 in Regina and the surrounding communities of Moose Jaw, Lumsden and Saskatchewan Beach. More than 4,500 athletes, artists, coaches, managers and officials from the 10 provinces and three territories will participate in the Games. The event is also expected to attract more than 200 members of the media, 750 VIPs and 12,000 visitors.

The Canada Games - Canada's premiere multi-sport event - are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter sports, at locations across Canada. The first Canada Games were held in 1967 in Quebec City as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. The 2005 Canada Summer Games will coincide with Saskatchewan's Centennial. The Canada Games are the product of co-operation between the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

For more information, please contact:

Morghan Elliot, Marketing Coordinator
2005 Canada Summer Games
Phone: (306) 780-9835
E-mail: melliot2005csg@sasktel.net