Surrey Lights BC Summer Games Torch

Torchlighting Ceremony to Kick Off Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games

With just under 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games, the official lighting of the Games torch will take place Thursday, April 19 at the running track at Bear Creek Park (13750 – 88 Avenue). All members of the public are encouraged to attend the one-hour ceremony, which gets under way at 6:30 pm and will be hosted by Global BC Senior Meteorologist Mark Madryga.

Spectators will be entertained by a large contingent of Surrey youth performers, beginning with the Maple Green Elementary Steel Drummers who will greet early arrivals from 6:15 to 6:30 PM. Others include the Quadrisauras Dance Team; the Erma Stephenson Elementary Choir and Taiko Drummers; the Princess Margaret Secondary Choir, and Elgin Park Secondary singing sensation Payton Rector, who will perform Because We Dream, the 2012 Games theme song co-composed by Doug Johnson, a Surrey resident and keyboardist of legendary Canadian recording
artists Loverboy.

The ceremony will culminate with a group of young Surrey athletes representing 16 of the 20 BC Summer Games sports taking part in a short torch relay on the running track, after which Mayor Dianne Watts and a Surrey athlete representative will light the ceremonial Games torch. The Games will be held July 19-22 and will attract up to 2818 athletes with an average age of 14 years from across the province to take part in 20 sporting events at 15 venues throughout the city. A total of 3500 local volunteers will be required to stage the Games, which are expected to have an economic impact of approximately $2.5 million in direct spending by games participants, spectators, volunteers and organizers.

Plan to attend the Torchlighting Ceremony on Thursday and get fired up to join the volunteer team that will welcome the athletes and their families in July.

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