Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Douglas College torch bearer shares her experience

More than 500 Douglas students and employees lined the streets of New West to cheer on Bachelor of Business Administration student and Douglas College Olympic torch bearer Anna Solnickova.

An on-campus celebration followed, complete with trivia, Olympic dressing and jello-eating competitions. Anna returned the New West Campus, where she gave a speech, along with Sport Science instructor and former Olympian Brian Storey and Douglas President Scott McAlpine. Read on for Anna’s blog about the experience.

By Anna Solnickova
Douglas College torch bearer
Bachelor of Business Administration

February 9, 2010 – 11:24 pm

WOW - what an amazing day it has been! I can’t believe I carried the Olympic torch today! It’s all just starting to sink in as I look at the fingerprint-covered torch perched on my dining room table. I figure about 200 people touched the torch today and every single one of their faces is forever imprinted on my mind.

Finally having had the time to reflect back on it all, the whole experience was such a thrill. One of my absolutely favorite and most memorable moments from today is walking down 4th Street and seeing the huge sea of Douglas College people dressed in red, waving their flags. It meant so much to me that everyone took the time to come and cheer me on. Seeing all of the fans so excited made me even that much more emotional and grateful that I was chosen to represent Douglas College and the wonderful community we are so lucky to have. I was so proud to be a DC student and a Canadian in that moment.

As I was carrying the torch, hearing my name shouted by complete strangers, hundreds of people waving at me and cheering me on, I thought of Terry Fox and how he united Canada with his Marathon of Hope in 1980 and the power of the torch and the Olympics truly dawned on me. In that moment we were all united by the flame and Olympic spirit, strangers instantly became my friends and we all partook in an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Coming back to the New Westminster campus was yet another surreal experience. I couldn’t even walk across the concourse without being immediately surrounded by students and staff who wanted to take photos with the torch. The energy of everyone there was absolutely phenomenal and made an already incredible day even that much more special.

Thank you so much for your support everyone! A tremendous thanks to Terry Fox for his selflessness and determination for it saved my leg and life. And special thanks to my family who have always been there for me and shaped me into the person I am today – I couldn’t have done any of this without your love and encouragement.