By David F. Rooney
Young Lachlan Hicks, an exceptional skier, a fine and articulate student and a genuinely very nice young man has been accorded the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch the last 300 metres of its journey through Revelstoke to light an Olympic Cauldron in Grizzly Plaza on Jan. 26
“Lachlan is an exceptional role model for the youth of our community,” said Olympic Torch Committee member Lynn Welock as she publicly announced his name at Tuesday’s Council meeting.
Welock, who is also manager of the Royal Bank which is one of two main sponsors of the official Olympic Torch Relay, said the Grade Eight student is an exceptional alpine skier. Last season, Lachlan won the overall championships at both K1 Western Canadian Championships in Revelstoke and the BC Alpine Provincial Championships. He completed his season by qualifying for Team Canada for the Whistler Cup, winning a silver medal in the slalom event and a fourth-place finish in the kombi event at that competition.
Mayor David Raven said Lachlan is an excellent representative of local youth and he could think of no one finer to carry the torch the last 300 metres along Mackenzie Avenue to an Olympic Cauldron that he will ignite in Grizzly Plaza.
Committee Chairman Alan Mason told Council that the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The show gets under way at 6 p.m. with the torch bearer arriving on stage at 7:20. The entire presentation will be from 6 pm until 8 pm.
That will be a big moment for Lachlan Hicks. Although he has known for two months that he had been nominated, he was still excited, proud — and awed — at the honour he has been given. He’s a good athlete who has worked hard at his sport. Even so, being asked to carry the Olympic Torch is something else. “I never really thought anything like this would happen,” he said.
The young man will be the last of 30 individuals to carry the flame during the Revelstoke segment of the Olympic Torch Relay. All of the others are being selected by the Torch Relay’s corporate sponsors, the Royal bank of Canada and Coca Cola.
Here are two other photos of Lachlan as a skier: