Local torch-bearer running on excitement

Surrey physiotherapist Tyler Dumont will be carrying the Olympic torch on Feb. 10

As a former Canadian cross-country mountain biking champion and a recreational runner, Tyler Dumont can cover 300 metres on foot without breaking a sweat.

That distance is barely a warm-up for his frequent five-kilometre runs.

But the Surrey physiotherapist will pay attention to every detail of a certain 300-metre run next Feb. 10, two days before the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Games, as he carries the Olympic torch with the world watching.

“I thought it’d be longer, but I’m sure it’ll be an awesome 300 metres,” he said in his Panorama Ridge physiotherapy clinic. “It’s gonna be crazy. That close to the Games – two days before – the fever will be pretty high at that point.”

A clinical associate professor for 11 years at UBC’s Department of Physical Therapy, Dumont was nominated by staff – without his knowledge – to represent the department in the Olympic Torch Run.

They were given one spot after they loaned VANOC a variety of physical therapy equipment for the Olympic Games to assist Canadian athletes.

Dumont was notified by e-mail in late October that he’ll run the 300 metres in North Vancouver. He won’t be given more specifics until the date nears.

During the games, Dumont, 41 and a father of two boys, will also volunteer with the back-up physiotherapy group for Team Canada’s hockey team, and will get to sit rinkside during the games at GM Place.

His role on the hockey team’s support staff was chosen by “higher powers,” he says.

“It’ll be fun watching hockey, to see all those guys. The energy’s going to be crazy.”

For the general public, online lottery sign-ups for the torch run ended over the summer.

The Olympic Torch Relay, which started Oct. 30, will last 106 days and will cover 45,000 kilometres across Canada, reaching more than 1,000 communities before the lighting of the Olympic cauldron on Feb. 12, 2010 in Vancouver.

The torch is expected to pass through Surrey on Feb. 8.

Dumont’s excitement won’t stop with his Olympic involvement.

“My wife’s due with a baby at the end of February,” he said.

bjoseph@surreyleader.com

Just Posted

Surrey’s Alex Sangha receives Meritorious Service Medal

Sangha recognized for founding Sher Vancouver, a not-for-profit society for LGBTQ South Asians

Woman says she was sexually assaulted in Surrey while sleeping in car

RCMP look for suspect in alleged assault that happened Monday afternoon at Surrey’s Tannery Park

‘Battle of the Brews’ in Surrey this summer, with modern-rock soundtrack

Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society to host event as fundraiser for Athletics for Kids

VIDEO: Surrey girl dances her way to New York City for summer intensive

Kylie Sergeant will jet with her mom to The School of American Ballet

Car jumps curb, lands in bush

No injuries reported after White Rock incident

VIDEO: Morgan Freeman to voice announcements on SkyTrain, buses

TransLink unveils new credit card feature ahead of busy tourist season

Woman’s death near Tofino prompts warning about ‘unpredictable’ ocean

Ann Wittenberg was visiting Tofino for her daughter Victoria Emon’s wedding

B.C. man facing deportation says terror accusation left him traumatized

Othman Hamdan was acquitted of terrorism-related charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September

Will Taylor Swift’s high concert ticket prices stop scalpers?

Move by artist comes as B.C. looks to how to regulate scalpers and bots reselling concert tickets

36 fires sparked May long weekend, most due to lightning: BC Wildfire

As warmer weather nears, chief fire officer Kevin Skrepnek says too soon to forecast summer

Ariana Grande sends message of hope on anniversary of Manchester bombing

Prince William joins survivors and emergency workers for remembrance service

Fraser River “vulnerable” to any additional inflows: River Forecast Centre

Two dairy farms have already been relocated from evacuated areas

Pipeline more important than premiers meeting: Notley

“Canada has to work for all Canadians, that’s why we’re fighting for the pipeline”

Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads

From January 2016 to March 2018, feds spent more than $24.4 million on Facebook and Instagram ads

Most Read