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Jun 05 2015

2015 Pan Am Games torch relay in Minden

The 2015 Pan Am Games torch relay arrived in Minden yesterday.  Minden AO Boatwerks staff were there to take part in the spirit of the games.

First stop was the Wild Water Preserve, where the Canoe & Kayak slalom portion of the Pan Am games will take place. Claudia Van Wijk,  owner/operator of Owl Rafting, avid white water enthusiast and an integral part of the Minden Wild Water Preserve, paddled the first leg of the Minden torch tour, down the rapids at the preserve.

The torch then made its way into the town centre via a few land travelling torch bearers, handing the flame over to avid white water canoe and kayaker Victor Ettel who paddled the torch down the Gull river to a short ceremony, which took place in the heart of the town centre.  Torch bearer (and local health promoter) Susan Shikaze, Minden Hills Reeve Brent Devolin, MP Barry Devolin, and MPP Laurie Scott, along with many other local dignitaries spoke of their pride in hosting the Canoe and Kayak slalom portion of  the Pan Am Games .  With a picture perfect day the event was very well attended.  We could tell that all who attended were proud to be part of the 2015 Pan Am games.

Torch Bearer, avid white water canoe and kayaker Victor Ettel (below) stopped by the store after his leg of the event for a visit and a little photo opp. Victor started kayaking when he was 49 buying his first kayak from us! It goes to show, it’s never too late if your young at heart. Oh, and by the way, in the winter Victor spends a lot of time down hill skiing at Sir Sam’s and is a multiple gold medallist in the Ontario Senior games!  What an inspiring day with so many inspiring people!

Pan Am torch bearer Victor Ettel

Pan Am torch bearer Victor Ettel nearing the end of his leg of the Pan Am torch relay in Minden, Ontario.

Pan Am at Minden Wild Water Preserve

Minden Wild Water Preserve parking lot full with a Pan Am parade of vehicles

Claudia Van Wijk

2015 Pan Am torch bearer and owner/operator of Owl Rafting Claudia Van Wijk pausing for a photo opp. after her leg of the torch relay.

Russ Duhaime lead volunteer at the Minden Wild Water Preserve

Russ Duhaime lead volunteer at the Minden Wild Water Preserve seen here paddling his Swift Caspian Sea flatwater kayak escorting Pan Am torch Bearer Victor Ettel down the Gull river in Minden Ontario

Russ Duhaime lead volunteer at the Minden Wild Water Preserve with students

Russ Duhaime lead volunteer at the Minden Wild Water Preserve, leading a few of his high school students in escorting Pan Am torch Bearer Victor Ettel down the Gull river in Minden Ontario.

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Passing the torch (flame)

The official Olympic flame backup lanterns!

The official Olympic flame backup lanterns!

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Victor Ettel heading off for his leg of the torch relay down the Gull in the heart of Minden.

Victor Ettel on his leg of the Pan Am torch relay

2015 Pan Am torch bearer Victor Ettel on his leg of the Pan Am torch relay in Minden, Ontario. with a team of high school students in hot pursuit.

Pan Am torch bearer Victor Ettel on his leg of the torch relay

Pan Am torch bearer Victor Ettel on his leg of the Pan Am torch relay in Minden, Ontario. with a team of team of high school students in hot pursuit. — in Minden, Ontario.

Susan Shikaze

Torch bearer (and local health promoter) Susan Shikaze receives the Olympic torch from Victor Ettel.

Ceremony

Torch bearer (and local health promoter) Susan Shikaze with Minden Hills Reeve Brent Devolin, MP Barry Devolin, and MPP Laurie Scott.

Victor Ettel at Minden Boatwerks

2015 Pan Am Games torch Bearer, avid white water canoe and kayaker Victor Ettel stopped by the store after for a visit and a little photo opp. Victor started kayaking when he was 49 buying his first kayak from us! It goes to show, it’s never too late if your young at heart. Oh, and by the way, in the winter Victor spends a lot of time down hill skiing at Sir Sam’s and is a multiple gold medallist in the Ontario Senior games!

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