News Release - January 13, 2010
SASKATCHEWAN’S OLYMPIC TORCH CELEBRATIONS A SUCCESS
Saskatchewan's spirit shone in spades over the past four days as the Olympic Torch made its way across our province. Thousands of people turned up at celebrations to see the Olympic Flame, and to participate in a variety of activities.
"Saskatchewan's enthusiasm was incredible," Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Dustin Duncan said. "The communities did a great job of organizing events, engaging their residents and embracing the Torch Relay. This was a historic event and I couldn't be more proud to be from Saskatchewan."
The Olympic Torch travelled through 30 Route communities and eight Celebration Communities (as designated by VANOC - The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee) over four days. The Torch had previously travelled through a route and celebration community in November 2009 on its way east.
The Provincial Government helped the communities with their celebrations by providing approximately $725 to each Route Community and $45,000 to each Celebration Community.
The Celebration Communities used part of that money to create a lasting legacy in each of their communities.
The legacy items are:
"These are fitting commemorative pieces that will remind future generations that Saskatchewan hosted the Olympic Torch Relay and showed the world what a fantastic place our province is to call home," Duncan said.
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