The torch relay kicked off at the 2022 Summer Games in Niagara in Canada

Shortly after the June 6 ceremony in front of Parliament, the torch passed along the Trans-Canada Trail and arrived at Gatineau Park. From there, he will continue his journey through various sections of the Trail on his way to Montreal, where he will board a CSL ship and follow the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Niagara Peninsula.

On Parliament Hill, the Niagara 2022 Host Society, Canadian Gaming Council (CGC), Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) and Trans Canada Trail proudly lit the Centennial Flame Roly McLenahan torch.

In doing so, they officially kick off the torch relay for the 2022 Canadian Summer Games in Niagara, which are scheduled to run from August 6 to 21.

Two-time Canadian 100m champion and 2009 Canadian Games gold medalist Sam Effa was honored to light the torch alongside two Ontario athletes, Tristan Caldwell and Tristan Thompson, who will compete in the first Canadian Games lacrosse event at 37 this summer.

Shortly after the ceremony on Parliament Hill, a 55-year tradition, torchbearer Raleigh McLenahan began his bicycle journey along the Trans-Canada Trail. The first day of the relay ended in Gatineau Park, Chelsea, Quebec.

Then, in partnership with Canada Steamship Lines, presenting sponsor of the Niagara 2022 Torch Relay, the torch will board a CSL ship and, for the first time in the history of the Canadian Games, will travel across the waterways. It will take the St. Lawrence Sea Route to Niagara, where it will follow the land program starting in late June. He will visit each of the region’s 12 municipalities before the start of the Games on 6 August.

“As the torch begins its journey to Niagara, we look forward to inviting communities and Canadians along its path to join the growing excitement ahead of the Canadian Summer Games,” said Doug Hamilton, President of the 2022 Niagara Host Society Board of Directors.

“Lighting the torch of Raleigh McLenahan at the Games in Canada is a symbolic tradition and it’s great to be a part of it,” said Pascal Saint-Onge, sports minister and minister in charge of the Quebec Regional Economic Development Agency of Canada. The flames that follow their course towards the opening ceremony of the Games remind us that sport can bring us together. Our government is proud to support this event! »

Relay: an important step

“The start of the torch relay is another significant milestone for our community as we approach the opening ceremony of the 2022 Games as we welcome the nation to Niagara,” said Jim Bradley, Chairman of the Niagara Regional Council. Traveling with torches along the St. Lawrence Seaway, a key feature of Niagara’s collective identity and economy, is fitting. »

“By lighting the Centennial Flame Roly McLenahan Torch, we are lighting excellence in the next generation of athletes and leaders across Canada,” said Evan Johnston, CGC President.

“As the torch makes its way to Montreal on the Trans-Canada Trail, we look forward to making Canadian Games and Great Lakes shipping history when a CSL ship carries the torch along the Trans-Canada Trail. The Lawrence Sea Route to Port Colborne,” said Louis Martel. , CEO of CSL Group.

“On behalf of Trans Canada Trail and as a member of the Board of Directors for the 2022 Canadian Summer Games in Niagara, I am thrilled that our two organizations have come together to celebrate the lighting of the Parliament Hill torch and jointly launch a special torch on the Trans Canada Trail in Quebec.” adds Eleanor McMahon, CEO of Trans Canada Trail and Niagara 2022 board member.

“It is very important for me to represent Alberta and to see my name next to the 200m record. “I had never received such an award before the Games in Canada, which inspired me to dream big early in my career,” says Sam Effa, two-time PEI Canada Summer Games gold medalist. 2009 and Deputy Chief of Mission for Team Canada at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

“The experience I had early in my career has shaped me today and I can’t wait to see how that experience will impact the next generation of Canadian athletes. »

Prior to the opening ceremony of Niagara 2022 at the Meridian Center, the Canada Games Torch will embark on an incredible journey through 21 communities in Ontario and Quebec. Over the course of 60 days, Torch Raleigh McLenahan will travel approximately 1,200 km on foot, by bike and aboard ship.

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Source: Joint Niagara 2022/Regional

A photo : Hockey player Tristan Caldwell lights a torch on Parliament Hill (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan)