Vancouver, BC (March 15, 2018) The Vancouver Convention Centre will light the iconic Vancouver 2010 Cauldron on March 17, 2018 to celebrate the achievements and efforts of all of the athletes who represented Canada at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The media is invited to Jack Poole Plaza to see the lighting of the Cauldron.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018

Time: The Cauldron will be lit from 5 p.m to 7 p.m, in advance of the Closing Ceremony for the 2018 Paralympic Games.

There will be a brief celebration and remarks at 5 p.m. by:

  • Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism
  • Trevor Hirschfield, Paralympic Medalist in Wheelchair Rugby  
  • Evan Dunfee, Olympic Race Walker and 2015 Pan-Am Games 20 km Champion

Location: Jack Poole Plaza

This is a community event where the public is invited to see the Cauldron lit, sing the national anthem, and wear red and white to honour athletes representing Canada on the world’s biggest sports stage.

The Cauldron lighting is sponsored by FortisBC. The natural gas being used for these lightings is 100 per cent Renewable Natural Gas. This carbon neutral energy source, also known as biogas, is made in B.C. from organic farm and landfill waste.

Quotes:

“Nothing beats a little red and white next to a lit Cauldron to show your Canadian pride,” said Trevor Hirschfield, Paralympic Medalist in Wheelchair Rugby.  

“The lighting of the Cauldron is always a special occasion and to be able to celebrate our inspiring Olympians and Paralympians will be an incredibly engaging and fun experience,” said Evan Dunfee, Olympic Race Walker. “The Cauldron is a symbol of unity and I’m excited to take part in an evening to bring our community together.”

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