Landmark teen carries torch

By Marianne Curtis

   A grade eleven student from the Landmark Collegiate was thrilled to participate in the once in a lifetime experience of carrying the Olympic Torch.

   On January 7, sixteen year old Tiffany Froese from Landmark became part of history when she carried the Olympic flame through the community of Sanford.

   Froese was one of a few south east residents that were selected to share in the once in a lifetime experience by the Royal Bank’s “Carry the Torch” program.  Her entire grade eleven class and teachers from the Landmark Collegiate lined the streets with “Go Tiff” signs and helped her celebrate this momentous occasion.

   “It was cold but it was fun,” stated Froese. “I was so thrilled that my family and friends came out to share this experience with me.”

   Froese was selected as a torch bearer after she made a pledge to volunteer her time with seniors. The avid student enjoys spending time with her elderly neighbors and often invites them over for supper or visiting. She also volunteers for Operation Christmas Child.

   As an official torch bearer, Froese was able to purchase the torch she carried, and received a complete torch bearer uniform, including jacket, pants, toque and knitted red mittens.

   Chris Goethals, a forty-two year old firefighter and paramedic from Ile Des Chenes was also one of the region’s few torch bearers. He was chosen after pledging to volunteer in sports and serve and protect his community.

   For the past seven years he has volunteered as couch for various baseball, hockey and soccer teams. He has also volunteers as medical staff for the 98 Lightening Extreme Hockey Team. When he is not working as a fulltime firefighter and paramedic in Winnipeg, he volunteers for the RM of Ritchot Fire Department.

   The Olympic Flame arrived in Steinbach on January 5, 2010 during its 106-day journey across the country. The torch relay has visited every province and territory before it is expected to arrive back in British Columbia for the start of the Games on February 12, 2010.

Tiffany Froese was thrilled that her classmates braved the frigid weather to support her as she carried the Olympic flame through Sanford, Manitoba.


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