Vancouver 2010 Paralympics Anniversary

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, an amazing sporting event that was a very sweet ending to largest global event in our city’s history.

Paralympic Torch Relay

It all started out with a bang at the opening ceremony. I remember how lively it was – bright colours, talented dancers, paralympians, and one giant party under the marshmallow dome of BC Place. It was the perfect way to usher in a tremendous showing for Canadian athletes at the Paralympics who would come away with 18 medals, 5 of which were gold won by 2011 BC Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Lauren Woolstencroft.

To celebrate the 2010 Paralympics, there will be an event at Jack Poole Plaza tomorrow, March 12, 2011 from 10:00am – 11:30am. Para-alpine skiers Lauren Woolstencroft, Josh Dueck, Karolina Wisniewska, Lindsay Debou (guide) and wheelchair curlers Darryl Neighbour, Ina Forrest, Jim Armstrong and Sonja Gaudet will be in attendance.

Bronze Medal Sledge Hockey
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

The Province of BC is also designating days in honor of paralympians who won medals. Josh Dueck and Lindsay Debou Day (March 13), Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska Day (March 15), Ina Forrest, Jim Armstrong, Sonja Gaudet and Darryl Neighbour Day (March 20), and an Olympic and Paralympic Blue Jacket Volunteers Day (March 21).

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is currently preparing for the London 2012 Games. “I think London will bring a different perspective,” said Assistant Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young when I spoke with her a few months ago. “The one thing that’s really unique to the London Games is that’s where the Paralympic games all began, and I think they’ll use that as a catalyst.”

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  1. BillFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 9:12pm PST

    Anybody knows why the Cauldron is lit tonight? March 11th
    I find es sad that the City does this without telling anybody.

  2. Rebecca BollwittFriday, March 11th, 2011 — 9:15pm PST

    I noticed it was on before the Olympic anniversary too. My husband thought maybe they just fire it up to make sure it’ll go for the ceremony… not sure.

  3. Mitch BaldwinSaturday, March 12th, 2011 — 5:17am PST

    I heard about the lighting and went by and took
    some pics with camera+ on my iphone.
    Was nice to see the cauldron lit again.
    Adds to the feeling you experience at Jack Poole Plaza when it is, especially at night.

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