February 5, 2010 — Canadian Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove,
BC, has been chosen as the City of Langley’s torch bearer for the 2010
Barwick was selected by Langley’s Torch Relay Committee to represent
the community and carry the Olympic Flame to the Langley Events Centre
(LEC) for its official welcome on Monday, February 8.
“I was completely shocked and surprised to be asked to carry the
torch,” said Barwick. “Being able to carry the Olympic torch, to be a
part of that special journey, is the next best thing to being able to
To cheer for Barwick and celebrate her achievements as one of Canada’s
top equestrian athletes an Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration
will be held at the LEC, 7888 – 200 Street, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Barwick will arrive with the Olympic flame around noon.
Barwick, riding her horse Maile, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare,
won the individual gold and individual silver medal at the 2008
Paralympic Games in para-dressage. A two-time Paralympian, Barwick was
also named as the 2004 Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year based on
her outstanding accomplishments at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens,
Barwick, who is only returning to Langley for a few days to carry the
torch, is currently training and competing in Florida in preparation
for The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Kentucky 2010 which will be
held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, US, September
25 – October 10, 2010. This will be the first World Equestrian Games
where the discipline of para-dressage will be featured.
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About Para-Equestrian Canada
Para-Equestrian Canada is the Equine Canada committee responsible for
developing programs for athletes with a physical disability, and
implementing the Para-Dressage high performance program.
Para-Equestrian is one of Canada’s most successful international
disciplines, achieving an individual gold medal and an individual
silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games, as well as two individual
bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games.
About Para-Equestrian Sport
Para-Equestrian sport provides riders with a physical disability the
opportunity to compete against other riders with similar abilities.
Riders are given a “Grade” based on their functional ability, and are
judged on their riding skill against other athletes of the same Grade.
There are five grades of competitions in dressage, with Grade IA
representing the more severely impaired riders, and Grade IV
representing the least severely impaired riders. Many Para-Equestrian
athletes also compete alongside able-bodied competitors in Equine
Canada competitions. At the grass roots level, Para-Equestrian
encompasses a number of different disciplines, while the international
stream focuses only on Para-Dressage. For more information, please
About Equine Canada
Equine Canada is Canada’s national governing body for equestrianism. A
member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of
the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian
competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the
national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry.
Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the
International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic
Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport
and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please