Torchbearer represents average Canadian

Sara Thomson

A lady from Golden will be carrying the Olympic Torch for two.

Sara Thomson, and her unborn child, will be carrying the torch at Kootenay National Park on Friday, January 22.

Thomson, a Consultant Chemical Engineer and local Girl Guide Leader, says she is proud to represent the average Canadian during this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I’m not an athlete or a celebrity, I’m not famous, and I get to join 12,000 other Canadians, many of whom are also just average citizens. That’s what is great about this Torch Relay Contest, it brings the Olympics to all the ordinary Canadians. That’s what the Olympics are all about.”

The other exciting factor for Thomson about carrying the torch, is the fact that she and her husband are expecting a baby. Her only concern now is whether her uniform will fit properly.

“When I found out that I had won, I was asked to submit my size for a uniform. The regulations about it were very strict, saying there would be no returns or exchanges once the package is mailed out. Then, one week after I filled out the forms, I discovered I was pregnant.”

Soon afterwards, there was a mix-up and Thomson was mailed a uniform with a larger size.

“I called to find out if there had been a mistake, it turned out I was mailed another torchbearer’s uniform, someone from Cranbrook. I had to mail the package back, but fortunately the real jacket is quite large. I think it will still cover the both of us.”

Thomson says she is pleased that her unborn child will participate in the Torch Relay event.

“It’s pretty cool, it’s my first child and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m going to take pictures and show them when he’s older. Then I can say, look what we did.”

Thomson will also be participating in some of the local events around town. She is planning to build snowmen along the torch route with the Girl Guides, and will be attending the celebrations with the group.

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