Kitsumkalum welcomes torch run

these four Kitsumkalum residents will be part of the torch relay: two in Kitsumkalum

A TEEN with the goal of one day competing at the Olympics begins her association with the games as the first torch relay runner at Kitsumkalum.

Sarah Peden, 13, was nominated by Charlotte Guno and then she wrote an essay.

“When I found out I was chosen I couldn’t believe it. I was honoured! she says about being chosen as a torchbearer.

Peden is involved in many sports including girls bantam hockey, basketball, badminton and soccer.

“I am very active in sports and love it,” she says.

Her part of the torch relay is to run on Hwy 16 from the Kalum River bridge to the House of Sim-ol-ghets parking lot by the totem poles, starting at about 3:13 p.m.

Peden says she’s been training at the gym.

“My long term goal is to one day participate in the Olympics for my country Canada!”

◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

THE SECOND torch relay runner in Kitsumkalum is a teen whose family nominated him for the spot.

Jordan Wesley, 17, says his family is very proud of him and believes it’s a great way for him to be part of the Olympics.

“I feel very privileged and honoured to have been chosen. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am very excited to be a part of it,” he said.

He has been running “a bit” in preparation for his 300 metre run, which goes from the House of Sim-ol-ghets parking lot to the yellow house on West Kalum Road.

◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

A RESIDENT of Kitsumkalum is doing her leg of the torch relay near Hazelton Jan. 30.

Tracy Sam will run in Gitanmaax, from the community hall parking lot to house #1855 on Churchill St. Hwy 62 starting at about 9:19 p.m.

Her mom, Carol Sam, nominated her because she was proud of what her daughter had done.

Sam has an Associates of Arts degree from NWCC and is a Bachelor of Education student on her way to becoming an elementary school teacher.

“She liked that I had goals (to be a teacher) and that I was willing to put a lot of hard work to fulfill my goal,” said Sam about her mother’s nomination of her.

“When I found out that I was picked to be a torchbearer, I could hardly believe it…it is such a privilege to be a part of something so huge!

“After finding out, I was extremely happy, I have watched the Olympics my entire life and I remember when the announcement was made that Vancouver won the bid.”

She has been preparing on a treadmill at home and has practiced holding up a 3 lb weight for the distance.

“I feel that I am not doing this for selfish reasons, I will hold the torch for every person in my life and I will treasure my moment for the rest of my life,” she says.

◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

A YOUNG man from Kitsumkalum will be running his section of the torch relay in the Nass Valley Jan. 30.

Robert Munroe, who was nominated by Colleen Austin, his former teacher, is gearing up for his part of the relay by running.

“Pretty excited and shocked at the same time. It was pretty awesome,” he said about being told he was a torchbearer.

He will take the torch in New Aiyansh and run it from the Nisga’a Lisims Government building to the James Gosnell Memorial Health Centre in New Aiyansh at about 4:15 p.m.

Just Posted

Terrace could see seven new physicians by September

A senior Northern Health official hopes to double their manpower by spring

Terrace man arrested in Stewart after police seize drugs, gun

The 44-year old was released on a promise to appear

Kitsumkalum Walk for Health raises $17,500 for new hospital microscope

The 5 km walk is a new take on a 10-year old fundraiser for Mills Memorial

PHOTO GALLERY: Malicious Monster Truck Tour

The Malicious Monster Truck Tour sold out to crowds of 2,500 people… Continue reading

CMTN First Nations Fine Arts program offers new advanced diploma

The 10-month program will focus on enhancing jewellery, sculpture and marketing skills

BC Games’ Athletes Corner: What’s your favourite pump up song?

Check out what’s playing in the earbuds of BC Summer Games athletes before they compete

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

BC toddler with ‘allergy’ to sun waiting for bone marrow transplant

Charlie Lock, 2, needs treatment for damage caused by rare disorder EPP

VIDEO: How to throw a frisbee

Ultimate frisbee player Amy Mackay shows off the proper technique

Site C dam project plagued by problems: expert

E. Harvey Elwin expresses concern about internal BC Hydro and government documents

Seal attacks kayakers off northern Vancouver Island

‘It has to be one chance in a million of this happening.’

Most Read