A torch lighting ceremony took place on the steps of the Alberta Legislature on Tuesday to kick off the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games.
The games take place in Medicine Hat from July 7 – 9.
“More than 1,300 athletes and coaches will be competing in 11 sports in our city’s best sport facilities,” said Brian Varga, Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games Chair and Medicine Hat City Councillor. “We are ready to roll out the welcome mat to all the excited fans, partners and families cheering in the stands.”
“For Special Olympics, this flame is the Flame of Hope which is entrusted in the care of the Law Enforcement Torch Run symbolizing the courage and celebration of diversity that the Special Olympics movement represents. We light the Flame of Hope to kick off the Final Leg journey of the torch to communities across Alberta and its delivery to Medicine Hat,” said Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Alberta’s Speaker of the House, who hosted Tuesday’s ceremony.
The torch now goes on a journey to six communities in Alberta, including the final destination of Medicine Hat.
It will visit the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer on June 25 (at 1 p.m.).
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