She’s the first torch runner

  • Wed Jan 27th, 2010 11:00am
  • Sports

SHANTELLE McLean will be the city's first torch runner.

ONE OF the youngest torchbearers is gearing up to kick off the torch relay here as she is the first runner in Terrace to take the torch.

Shantelle McLean, 13, says she runs from Wal-Mart on Keith Ave. to the Honda dealer, making her the first person of the dozen or so relay participants in the city.

“I was pretty excited,” she says about how she felt when she found out she was chosen.

“Right now, it doesn’t feel real. I don’t have any emotions right now. It just happened so quickly,” she says.

She applied after her mom read about it, thinking she’d try.

As an avid track and field athlete in elementary school, she sys she won several ribbons and awards and isn’t doing too much to prepare for her 300 metres of the relay.

Her mom, Tammy, says the family is very proud of her and her achievements and look forward to Shantelle being part of the Olympic celebration.