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Coca-Cola and RBC chose 12,000 torchbearers who had applied earlier this year. ... RBC chose people who made it their personal pledge to do something small or large in their daily lives that will make Canada an even better place to live." - Want to know more about this.

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Mississauga News - Dec. 14, 2009 - By  Julie Slack,

Torch bearers ready to run

Hundreds of residents from all walks of life are getting ready to carry the Olympic torch through Mississauga this Saturday.

The Olympic flame hits town on day 51 of its cross-country journey.  Mississauga student Stephen Covic will accept the torch at the Etobicoke border at 10:37 a.m. and carry it into Mississauga.

The relay will then proceed westbound along Burnamthorpe Rd. E. toward the Civic Centre.

A celebration is planned at City Hall at 10:45 a.m.  It will feature Aboriginal dancers, Francophone performers and various other singers and several special artists.  The Olympic Flame is expected to arrive just over an hour later at 11:50 a.m.

All the torch bearers will carry the flame a distance of 300 metres.  They will wear a white Olympic uniform and red mittens.

Meanwhile, a convoy of vehicles will follow the torch as it makes its way through the city.  Temporary road closures are planned to ensure the safety of the torchbearers and the spectators lining the relay route.

The torch will leave the Civic Centre to travel southbound along Hurontario St., Port Credit and Clarkson Village via Lakeshore Rd. W.

"The excitement is really building for the arrival of the Olympic Flame in Mississauga and everyone is invited to come out and cheer it on its journey to Vancouver,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion, who will carry the torch along Burnhamthorpe Rd. E.  “We’re expecting hundreds to turn out for this emotional, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to see the Olympic Flame in person right here in our city and feel inspired by its universal message of peace, brotherhood and friendship.”

Lucas Krist, a Grade 9 student at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Secondary School, will pass the torch to McCallion at 10:40 a.m.

Cheryl Pounder, former member of the women's national hockey team, has been named Mississauga's community torchbearer. A member of Canada's gold medal winning women's hockey teams at both the Salt Lake City and Turin Games, she will light the community cauldron at the Civic Centre.

Some 18 Grade 8 students from Tomken Road Middle School will carry the torch as it makes its way into Oakville.  Each of the students will run 50 metres.

Twenty members of the Mississauga Braves Hockey Association will also take part in the relay.

The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began its 106-day cross-Canada journey in October.  The trek includes 1,000 stops en route to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  On Feb. 12, the Olympic Flame will make its way to downtown Vancouver to light the Olympic Cauldron and open the Games.

Coca-Cola and RBC chose 12,000 torchbearers who had applied earlier this year. Coca-Cola chose torchbearers who demonstrated a commitment to living actively and protecting the environment.  RBC chose people who made it their personal pledge to do something small or large in their daily lives that will make Canada an even better place to live.

Alysia DaSilva, a Grade 8 student and Mississauga resident, also will carry the flame.  She's a goaltender for the Mississauga Braves minor bantam AA team — the only female to compete with boys at that level.

At Gage Park in Brampton on the evening of Dec. 18, the torchbearers will include Ryan Bennett, a former client of Mississauga's ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.  It will be the first time an Olympic Torch has been carried on a hockey sledge.

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