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ST. JOHN'S (NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR) November 9, 2009 -Today, Coca-Cola Canada named its Olympic Torchbearers for St. John's and surrounding area. These Canadians will carry the Olympic Flame on either November 13, 14 or 15 as the torch relay makes its way to the Opening Ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on February 12, 2010.

These Canadians were chosen through Coca-Cola's torchbearer nomination program because of their commitment to active living or environmental sustainability. They have made simple, small modifications to their lives that incrementally amount to bigger and better changes - for themselves, the planet and their fellow Canadians.

Coca-Cola is also part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay's 189 city celebrations. The Coca-Cola experiences attendees will enjoy include:

  • Being mystified by the extraordinary world of Zero Gravity Circus where acrobats will dazzle the crowd

  • Seeing rare Olympic Torches dating back to 1948

  • Taking a picture with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch

  • Enjoying an interactive drummer to get the crowd all jazzed up for Coca-Cola's Open Happiness stage show


St. John's Torchbearers on November 13th:

  • Vickie Kaminski - President and CEO of Eastern Health

  • Danielle Drover - 13-year-old resident from Port aux Basques; potential Canada Games athlete in figure skating; recognized for her efforts in active living

  • Jill Benoit - Primary school teacher and mother of two from Stephenville; recognized for her environmental sustainability efforts; runs a compost and recycling program at her school

  • Adam Gilbert - resident of Cupids who played five years of varsity volleyball with the Memorial University Sea Hawks; volunteered twice at Americas Camp, which is a summer camp for children who lost parents in the 9/11 attacks; recognized for his efforts in active living

Mount Pearl Torchbearer on November 13th:

  • Kelsey Guy - avid athlete despite a debilitating diagnosis of hydrocephalus, which causes severe back pain and balance issues; resident of Mount Pearl and known as a local hero within her community; being recognized for her efforts in active living

Paradise Torchbearer on November 13th:

  • Kyle Smook - 16-year-old student from Paradise; his favourite subject is gym; he is an active volunteer; was selected as a torchbearer through phase one of Coca-Cola's youth active living program called Sogo Active (a program in partnership with ParticipACTION)

  • Goulds Torchbearers on November 13th:

  • Albert Butler - firefighter and resident of Conception Bay South; completed in his first triathlon in 2009; being recognized for his efforts in active living

  • Jason MacDonald - resident of Conception Bay South; weighed 303 pounds eight months ago and worked hard to shed 113 pounds; being recognized for his efforts in active living

Cupids Torchbearer on November 14th:

  • Gary Gordon - resident of St. John's who was inspired to lead an active life and be involved in the Olympics thanks to his wife, who watched the Calgary Olympic Games in person; ran a marathon for Newfoundland's Joints in Motion team; being recognized for his efforts in active living

Corner Brook Torchbearers on November 15th:

  • Canadian Diabetes Association (Group Torchbearers) - lead of group torchbearers is Carol Ann Smith who is regional director of Canadian Diabetes Association in Newfoundland and Labrador, and resident of Torbay.