Exactly one year from the day of the North Bard Olympic Torch Relay (OTR), a descriptive and interactive living legacy was unveiled in the North Battleford Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
“On January 12th, 2010, North Battleford was a host community of the Olympic Torch Relay, which went 45,000 kilometers across Canada and included 12,000 torch bearers,” said OTR Committee Chair, Laura Allan. “A display that includes highlights from the cross-Canada relay with the main focus being on the North Battleford celebration, where over 5000 people from the region came together to welcome the Olympic Flame, is now open for viewing.”
Dean Bauche, the designer and collaborator of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Legacy Project, said it started with an idea that would somehow serve as a salute to the Olympic flame and to the Olympic ideals. The committee wanted something that would inspire future Olympians to live their dreams. Bauche took the committee ideas and melded them with modern technology to create a living legacy that North Battleford can be proud of.
“Our interactive OTR Legacy Project includes digital technology that allows viewers to have their photo taken with the Torch donated by our local torch bearer, Fiona Smith-Bell,” said Bauche. “Working with digital technology that included video footage of relay events from across the country, really woke me up to what a brilliant undertaking the 2010 Olympics were and we tried to instill that into the display.”
The 2010 Olympic Torch Legacy Project will forever be on display in the North Battleford Sports Museum and Hall of Fame: 1392-101st Street.